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Honoring Mikaela and Owen

Posted by David on May 20, 2013 in Autism |

In my last post, I wrote about the bittersweet moments that come with parenting a child with Autism. And as I usually try to do, I focused on an positive aspect – the great joy that comes from a developmental step – even a minor one. Tragically, today there are two families who will be […]

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Bittersweet and Autism

Posted by David on May 15, 2013 in Autism, Parenting |

A few weeks ago Ty asked me what “bittersweet” meant. He had been taken in by “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve after hearing it a few times and wanted to know the definition of the word. I tried to explain that it’s when you experience something that could be both good and not-so-good at the […]

How to explain autism to curious children

Posted by David on April 26, 2013 in Autism |

As Autism Awareness Month winds down, I thought that this is a very timely topic to review and discuss. Given that we now live in an age where 1 in 50 children are being diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum and there is greater integration and awareness in schools and other mainstream activies, questions are bound to be asked. Here is a good resource for parents:

If your child stares, points or asks indiscreetly, “What’s wrong with that kid?” don’t feel ashamed. April is Autism Awareness Month so instead of shrinking with embarrassment, take advantage of that teachable moment and turn awkward exchanges into awareness-raising opportunities for our youngest generation. What’s wrong with her? If your child stares, points or asks indiscreetly, “What’s wrong with that kid?” don’t feel ashamed. April is Autism Awareness Month so…


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10 Top Autism Apps for the iPad

Posted by David on April 17, 2013 in Autism |

It seems there are new Autism-related apps being announced or released on a weekly basis, so it’s hard for parents to stay on top of all of the options. Here is one list of 10 top iPad Autism Apps that is worth checkng out. 

According to the most recent research by the CDC, 1 in every 50 school-aged children has been identified has having autism or a related disorder–defined as an impairment in social interaction and com…


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What we really know about autism

Posted by David on April 16, 2013 in Autism |

Its stil Autism Awareness Month so I’m doing my part to share new and interesting information for those who are impacted by Autism. Whether your journey is just beginning or you’re a veteran, it seems there is always something new to learn about Autism. 

In a couple of years, we will learn something new that changes everything all over again. But what we know right now could change a child’s life…


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Stone and His Scooter

Posted by David on April 4, 2013 in Autism, Parenting |

Even though Stone and I have always had a very strong bond and connection, it’s been a challenge finding activities that we could truly share together. But a recent development has opened a new opportunity for us to do just that. A few months ago I noticed Stone started messing around a bit on the […]

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My Thoughts About Autism Awareness Day 2013

Posted by David on April 2, 2013 in Autism |

As you may already know, today is “Light it up blue” for Autism Awareness Day. April is also considered Autism Awareness Month. There has been considerable publicity leading up to this day and many people are participating on social media by sharing photos, changing their avatars and posting information about Autism. I’ve also seen numerous […]

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Road Trip! Family St. Paddy’s Day Weekend in Portland

Posted by David on March 17, 2013 in Life, Parenting, Stone, Twins, Ty |
Ty and his friend enjoy dinner with his Grandma and Aunt Lynette at dinner friday night

Ty had been bugging Renee and I for a return trip to Portland since early January – he really loved it when we went down there for Thanksgiving. He especially loved staying in a hotel that had an indoor swimming pool – as well as the excitement that comes with going out to new restaurants […]

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Ty Transitions from “Drop the puck” to “Play Ball”

Posted by David on March 13, 2013 in Hockey Dad, Parenting, Twins, Ty |

Last weekend marked the conclusion of Ty’s second season playing junior hockey, and it was a very fun and successful season and experience for him. After participating in evaluation skating workshops in September, Ty was assigned to the “Mighty Mites” group. This consisted of 6-8 year olds who advanced past the Rink Rats (which is […]

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Autism Playtime and Interaction

Posted by David on March 12, 2013 in Autism, Parenting, Stone, Twins, Ty |

I’ve written before about how progress and development is measured differently when you have a child on the Autism spectrum. With Stone, this has held true with everything from potty training to riding a bike. One of the more interesting areas to observe (and encourage) is in the area of social interaction with others. Like […]

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