College is the best four years of your life (at least, theoretically). It’s about freedom, independence, and eating cold pizza for breakfast just because you can. It’s our first foray into the “real world,” which is pretty exciting, but for parents, I suppose it can be a little frightening to watch the nest empty out. Hi. My name is April and this fall, I’ll be a college … [Read more...] about Ground Rules for Parental College Visits
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Autism and Hotel Fire Alarms Pre-pandemic, my husband, son, and I had a visit to the bay area. We stayed at a fairly nice hotel in downtown Oakland. We had an unusual experience in this hotel, and I learned something about my son. What happened? The hotel has twenty-one floors. Our room was on the twentieth floor. Why so high? Well, we often enjoy the … [Read more...] about Autism and Hotel Fire Alarms
An Older Teenager with Autism and a New Dog The last time our family got a puppy, our son was eight years old. After a few months, the dog, a German Shepard, got to be very strong. She was difficult to walk on the leash. She had training, but didn’t “take to it” very well. My husband and I decided to play it safe and not have our son walk the dog. It was simply too easy … [Read more...] about An Older Teenager with Autism and a New Dog
As I prepare to talk about how to work with children on the autism spectrum with my co-workers and staff at my job, it made me think about one of the many key elements… how to handle a child’s meltdown. What’s my job? I work at a gym's child care, the place where you can check in your three-month-old to 13 year old while you workout. We're not taking care of your kids … [Read more...] about How to Deal with Meltdowns
Are Children with Autism Singled Out? Why do I ask this question? Because of what happened at my son’s school just this past Friday. Why is this past Friday important? Because this past Friday was only a few short days after the latest awful school tragedy, this one in Parkland, Florida. In this version a “weird” “outcast” “loner” nineteen-year-old … [Read more...] about Are Children with Autism Singled Out?