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Finding Joy In A Pandemic

For many autism families, lockdown can spell disaster. During our isolation time, we have dug deep and got as creative as we could to keep everyone engaged.

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Autism Doesn’t Follow The Rules

Our family’s version of autism is a little like Wheel of Fortune. Every morning, we spin the big wheel and watch in anticipation as all of Max’s attitudes spin round and round. Whatever attitude it lands on usually dictates how the whole family’s day will go. I will say that most days we land on […]

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Pushing Boundaries

A couple months ago, Jamie asked me, “What do you think we should get the kids for Christmas?” “I don’t know,” I said, “What did we get them last year?” “I don’t remember,” she said. “Neither do I,” I said. “Kids! Come in here!” I shouted, “Do you remember what you got for Christmas last […]

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You Just Never Know

I walked into the kitchen the other day, and Jamie handed me a sheet of paper with a weird look on her face. There was no explanation, no words. Just an odd look that I couldn’t interpret. I grabbed the paper, still looking her in the eyes and very curious. I slowly glanced down. It […]

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The Chains That Bind

For a long time, when trying to explain communication, interaction, and understanding with Max to those around me, I’ve used the imagery of an invisible set of chains wrapped tightly around his head. They’re thick, heavy chains, and no matter how hard Jamie and I try, no proverbial crow bar or bolt cutter can remove […]

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The Public Death Match

DISCLAIMER – I got Max’s full permission to tell this story publicly. In no way do I ever want to embarrass or humiliate him, so I fully explained to him what I was doing prior to posting. We had a good laugh about the story that I’m about to tell, and it’s purely meant as […]

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Fear Has No Place

A formal autism diagnosis brings a wide range of emotions. On one hand, there’s a sense of relief. You don’t have to wonder anymore. You don’t have to explain your situation by a set of idiosyncrasies. You can call it what it’s formally known as. And maybe best of all, you can put together a […]

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In The Quiet Hours

As Max has grown older, his ability to know, understand, and discuss autism has grown with him. He’s almost 12 now, and he has known he is autistic for a little more than a year. He recognizes that autism is an underlying reason behind his anger, and he also knows that it has provided him […]

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Surfers Healing

Our Personal Story With An Incredible Organization I only get to the ocean a couple times a year, and as a periodic surfer, I completely understand the incredible physiological effects of catching waves. There is something so magical about allowing God’s wonderful creation to pick you up and move you across a watery landscape. If […]

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