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At what age do you get your child a cellphone? By what age are they allowed to have social media? How can we be sure they're safe in this technology-driven world? These are just a few of the questions my...
Mother's Day is often a time of celebration but it can also be a time of grief and heartache. Especially with the season we're all currently finding ourselves in. Unable to see loved ones, to hug them, to touch...
The past month has felt like a year. I can’t be the only one who feels this way, right? I’m having a hard time remembering a world before, even though I know there was a bright, colorful one. I...
Husband, you drink too much. You aren't a mean drunk, and you don't slur your speech, or act out of control. I would never ever fear for myself or our kids. But you drink too much. The giant empty liquor bottle that was...
Friends, I'm trying really hard to be "fluid" during this time of "new normal." I really am. I was flexible when my employer said to work from home. I was flexible when the schools and preschools closed. I was...
Distance learning gives a peek into teacher instruction time. Yes, it may be different but is some reflection of how teachers sound or act in the classroom. In the first week of at-home distance learning, I received an email from...
As a mother, you often forget to look at yourself in the mirror before leaving the house. Fortunately, so far I’ve remembered the “amazingly beautiful” hairdos my daughter has done for me BEFORE I went out in public. However,...
I grew up in the days when the TV didn't have a remote. I WAS the remote. My brothers would belt out, "Hey Cheryl, turn the channel to 6" and if I refused, they would convince me that this...
I just sat through a video conference with a lighting bolt sticker stuck to my neck. On my neck y’all. I haven't determined if I looked more like an exhausted Thor or a prison inmate. I put on mascara....
In a normal week, I work from home every Monday. It’s my way of easing back into the work week after a busy, noise-filled weekend. I enjoy having a quiet day at home alone to allow me to catch...
Ramadan or Ramzan (pronunciation varies by region) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is a time of fasting and spiritual focus. This is a time that commemorates when the Quran was revealed Mohammed. My dad is from...
My son was chomping at the bit to go outside. We were about to go an adventure together, and I have no picture to prove it. It had been a long week of quarantine due to the COVID-19 virus and...

The Language of Autism

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I have a 5-year-old friend named Harry. He loves numbers, marble runs, and snap circuits. He reads portions of the encyclopedia to family and friends, and he delights in sharing this knowledge. He is Autistic. Harry does not have autism....
“Mommy, I want a snack!” “Let’s read this book, Mommy!” “MAMAMAMAMA!” “Sit wiff me, Mommy!” “MAMAMAMAMA!” If you spend more than a few minutes at my house, you are bound to hear at least one of the above exclamations. These words are the soundtrack...

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