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Pay attention to others BUT mind your own business

My son is confused between what we tell him to do at home, and what his teacher tells him at school. To a normal six year year old the directions seem to be conflicting, but for a child with Autism it has to be just mind boggling. Background:  One of the most common challenges for… Continue reading Pay attention to others BUT mind your own business

I hate having to punish my child
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The hardest and most important part of parenting

Being a parent can be downright unpleasant at times. From pregnancy and child birth, to diaper changes and sleepless nights, to cleaning up vomit and other gross messes. But for me, the most unpleasant is having to punish my son.   I guess I should say "give him negative consequences for his behavior". We don't… Continue reading The hardest and most important part of parenting

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We are lucky to have a child in Special Education

I feel a little sorry for parents with "normal" kids. They don't get to go through all of the surveys and tests and meetings to learn all about their child's strengths and weaknesses in the academic environment. At best they get a few minutes during conferences to speak one on one with the teacher. Meanwhile,… Continue reading We are lucky to have a child in Special Education

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Time for some Alphabet Soup

My son's Triennial Individual Education Plan meeting is coming up at the end of the month. For those of you not in the know, every child in Special Education in public schools goes through a battery of tests by different specialists to start receiving services and then again every three years to evaluate the progress.… Continue reading Time for some Alphabet Soup