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Yesterday’s field trip

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 29, 2010 in autism, coping skills, family |

Yesterday, Joey and I got brave and took Tony to Wal-Mart.  It has been quite a long time since we’ve taken him there on our own.  I seem to remember a time when he had an incredibly loud meltdown in the middle of Wal-Mart… it’s a vague memory.  If I haven’t mentioned it, I have […]

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Storms

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 28, 2010 in autism, coping skills |

I was so proud of Tony this weekend!  My parent’s house was hit by straight-line winds (unconfirmed tornado) on Friday night and we spent the weekend helping them clean up the damage.  We had to drive back and forth both days (about 1 1/2 hours each direction).  We spent hours in the heat and humidity […]

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Six guidelines for living a fulfilling life

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 26, 2010 in autism, coping skills |

In his commencement address to St. Agnes High School’s class of 2010, teacher Fred Blonigen presented six guidelines to live by… below are excerpts from the address   1.  Be a person who knows how to say thank you, who knows how to be grateful 2.  Always realize that education is primarily and above all […]

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One step forward, two steps back…

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 25, 2010 in autism, coping skills, family |

I have started writing this piece for over two weeks now…  let’s just say that summer is here and everything has changed.  It was a very tough transition.  Tony was doing fantastic towards the end of the school year.  We were all holding our breath and really thought that he’d end the year on a […]

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Simple Green

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 11, 2010 in autism, family |

Simple Green Concentrated Cleaner/ Degreaser/ Deodorizer ** In case any of you are using this cleaner… think again.  Find an alternative.  I have many I can share with you!   Read the information below from the Environmental Working Group and share this with your friends.  This should be OFF the market! The primary ingredient in Simple […]

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A wake-up story

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 4, 2010 in autism, family |

From my family to yours…   please watch the link below: http://awakeupstory.healthychild.org/ A Wake-Up Story is a must-see video for every parent and anyone that cares about the health and development of children. Watch it. Share it. Join the movement. Becki

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Special needs teen finds his voice

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 3, 2010 in autism, family |

He is a 16-year-old piano virtuoso who has autism. Even more amazing, both of his parents are deaf. Watch the video below and then read his remarkable story here: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=74 Sounds a little close to home… my Tony has a beautiful voice.  We tried piano lessons in the past, but he was always frustrated with […]

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