The Instability of the Word “Autism” and Its Accompanying Diagnosis | Responding to Amy Lutz

Kate, of Finding Cooper's Voice, was talking with Amy Lutz whose twenty-one year old son, like her own son, is severely autistic. They were discussing how their boys aren't able to advocate for themselves and how they, the parents, have to advocate for them. Amy said she feels that "autism" is a very unstable term [...]

Wearing NEW Clothes?! (Autism and Rigidity)

Elizabeth's most challenging area of behavioral rigidity (difficulty/inability to change or adapt) has always been choosing and wearing clothes. Using specific cups, bowls, and silverware are a close second but CLOTHES are definitely #1. At the age of two, she could not comfortably wear clothing at all. It was a battle every single day. The [...]

Choosing a Narrative | Responding to Kate (Finding Cooper’s Voice)

Kate, of Finding Cooper's Voice, was talking about her family's recent experience at an apple orchard. It was a day of mixed emotions and different challenges and successes for their nine year old autistic son, Cooper. In the video, she gave two narratives about the day. Both were true. She told an upbeat version of [...]

Thoughts on the Coronavirus and the Possibility of Sending the Kids to School

How to feel about the President being sick with corona...It is unsettling because he is the leader of our country, but it also freaks me out because it makes the virus more real. I have tried to be calm for all this time about the whole thing, and just do what I know to do [...]

Losing Health Insurance and Samuel’s Nine Year Checkup

Sooo, we lost our health insurance today because we weren't given the COBRA information/paperwork in time to sign up by the end of September (we could have gotten 18 more months!) He contacted the human resource person multiple times since the end of August and she only sent everything today - the cutoff was yesterday. [...]