Category Archives: Autism Parenting Insight




Helping my kids deal with loss

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It’s been one week since Maggie passed away and we wanted to try to keep the kids distracted today. Kids with Autism are especially prone to struggling with loss and tend to benefit a great deal from distraction. Trying to process already confusing emotions is difficult and at least my… Read more »




I mention Gavin was struggling today and here’s what I’m seeing

This post was meant for yesterday but didn’t get published until now. The morning didn’t go as originally planned and perhaps that threw Gavin off a bit. He was definitely off this morning and it presented some frustrating situations for me. For starters, he was freaking out over his IVIG… Read more »




Unfortunately, we’ve had to adjust our plans

Keeping true with the story of our lives, today hasn’t gone as planned. We were supposed to be at the Cleveland Clinic for a follow-up appointment with the epilepsy center in regards to Gavin’s recent EEG. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling well this morning and driving that distance would not be… Read more »




Why did he laugh when our dog died?

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If you read my last post in regards to Maggie passing away, you may have noticed that I never made mention of Gavin and there was a reason for that. I want to explain and hopefully educate my readers about what we saw or rather didn’t see from Gavin that… Read more »




A real life example of why #Autism Parenting is so challenging

Throughout the school year, we’ve had some concerns with certain teachers. It’s not that they’re doing something that was clearly wrong but rather we disagreed with their approach to dealing with kids on the Autism Spectrum. Recently, Elliott has been emotionally distraught over things he said were happening in the… Read more »




How U-Laces help my family and can probably help yours as well

I love connecting people with the technology that can improve their lives. When you’re a special needs parent, sometimes the simplest life hack can make all the difference in the world. One example of this in my house, is U-Lace. I’ve worked with, written about and did a detailed review… Read more »




Confessions of an #Autism Dad: I’m emotionally struggling tonight

I’ve been trying to write all day and I just can string my thoughts together in a way that makes sense outside of my own head. In the spirit of Autism Awareness month and in an attempt to help you better understand what at least this Autism Dad is struggling… Read more »




Doing right by Gavin for his 18th birthday isn’t as easy as it sounds

Gavin will turn eighteen in a few days. To be honest, that’s a pretty big deal for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that he’s physically made it to eighteen and I say that because of his fragile health. He’s had some close calls over the years and… Read more »




It’s so easy to forget he struggles to express himself

There’s something that is often overlooked when it comes to Emmett. He’s incredibly intelligent and I mean scary smart. Academically he’s way ahead of where he should be and just keeps going. This is something we feel blessed to be able to witness but there is a downside. Emmett is… Read more »




Why family therapy is important, especially for special needs families

One of the reasons we have maintained family therapy for all this time is because it’s so easy to overlook things when it comes to the emotional health of our special needs kids. Last night is a great example of when we learned things that we hadn’t known prior. This… Read more »

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