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Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Dear Family Whisperer: Our Baby Screams When My Husband Touches Her

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.28.2016 | Parents
Melinda Blau

To be honest, I first thought I'd send you a short private response by email, saying, "Please seek professional help." I stand by that advice. Certainly, not having any details -- and being journalist, not a doctor -- my answer would naturally be measured and limited. But I can help you see your predicament through a family lens.

3 Ways Labeling Our Child Saved Our Sanity

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

His diagnosis enabled us to let go of some of the self-blame and shame we were struggling with and reinvest our energy into learning about Aidan's condition and helping him to recover.

Something's Not Right With Our Boy

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.09.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

I guess I've always known something was maybe amiss but honestly, I didn't want to know. There. I said it. I didn't want to know.

Groundhog Day

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Sometimes days spent with children on the autistic spectrum begin to feel like "groundhog day" as we parents are forced to adhere, because of our children's need for sameness, to carefully-crafted schedules and routines.

What You Didn't See When My Child Had a Meltdown in the Restaurant

Carrie Goldman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Dear Tables of People Gaping at Us in the Restaurant, I know what you heard. You heard my daughter screaming, admittedly very loudly. And I heard you too. I heard you say that some kids shouldn't be at restaurants. But here is what you don't see or hear...

Mega Button Blast

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 10.01.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

When my son was a toddler, he had many fears. He was afraid of loud noises, ostriches and doorknockers in the shape of lions. But what terrified my son the most was a McDonald's dessert.

Fears, Phobias and Foibles

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 08.02.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

My son will always struggle more than his neurotypical peers to master the art of reading non-verbal cues, but I have found that practice really helps.

No Filter

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 06.13.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

My son welcomes me into the inner sanctum of his most intimate fantasies with open arms.

The Quiet Bastion of Invalid Repudiation

Anthony Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anthony Collins

We're not a legal minority, we have no flag (we're typically incapable of marches anyway) and there are no social movements lobbying exclusively for our deferred American Dream.