Why we hide the matches

Posted by theothersideofnormal on September 29, 2012 in autism, coping skills, family |

  There’s a small fascination with fire in our house — mostly bonfires and candles. It started a few years ago when Tony showed an interest in cooking.  One day he was toasting some bread and he laid the dish towel on top of the toaster. Low and behold — a small fire. He quickly […]

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The Inventory

Posted by theothersideofnormal on September 27, 2012 in autism, family |

  For years now, Tony has been compiling lists.   Lists of all kinds.  There are piles of printed lists in his room — episode lists from Disney shows, movies, Sesame Street, Dora, the Muppets,  the Garfield Show, Barney, and our entire Netflix rental history – week by week since 2004. Lots and lots of lists. […]

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Good information to know

Posted by theothersideofnormal on September 26, 2012 in autism |

  This is is a really good explanation of the “little” things that cause very big meltdowns.  I wish I could have had this posted when Tony was younger.  I hope this helps to educate people on the daily struggles of autism and sensory processing disorder. Can you imagine trying to cope with these feelings […]

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Hey, Wait a Minute Mr. Postman!

Posted by theothersideofnormal on September 10, 2012 in autism, coping skills |

Dear Mr. Postman, Please deliver something.  Anything.  I’ve been just standing here waiting… for a card or just a magazine or maybe a Netflix DVD… or any surprise to this address. Coupons will work.  Packages are better. Love, Tony.       I don’t think the mailman has any idea just how important he is […]

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