Moving and Stress


My family just had to move. We were evicted because, as renters, we are at the mercy of a homeowner who decided she wanted to live in her home. I can’t blame her; I loved it, and it was a great home. Fortunately, we found a better one. It was a big deal though. My son hates change, and this move coincided with the end of school, illness on my part, injury (I sprained my ankle the day we got {Read More}

Dealing with Bullies


This summer we are spending a lot of time with a good friend who runs a daycare in her home. She has many children my son’s age; it is a structured and fun setting where he is learning a lot, and I am doing what I love helping the children there and my son with their behaviors and development. I also get to teach them music, which adds meaning and joy to every day. 
 However, because many of the {Read More}

Yellowstone: Here We Come!


June is shaping up to be a busy month for me. Last weekend I participated in a Ford-sponsored Route 66 road trip and now I’m preparing for a family road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. This will be our third trip to the region in 13 months but our first road trip. My oldest is a bit nervous about an 11-hour drive on our first day. We will be leaving Phoenix early in the morning and spending {Read More}

Education and Autism: Finding the Right Program


School is out for summer and when the 2013-2014 school year starts I will have a 7th grader and a 4th grader. This is the first summer since first grade that I’m not questioning the school setting that my son will be in for the coming year. Yes, for the past six years I’ve struggled with finding the right program for my son. He has high-functioning autism, PDD-NOS or Asperger’s depending on the clinician you talk to. To make it {Read More}