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BeckiBecker.2My name is Becki. I’m an author, mom of 3 young men, inspirational seeker who lives to pay it forward.  Sparkly things make me happy and champagne is always my first choice.  I’m also passionate about educating people on ‘thinking outside the box’, which lead me to the title of my blog.

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, and it’s up to you to decide if you’re going to duck or if you stand strong and face it head on. Sometimes that’s a split second decision… and other times it’s a lifelong decision.

I choose to face it. And everyday is a new adventure. I have a very handsome, supportive husband and three wonderful boys ages 26, 24, and 19.

Our 24 year old has autism.  And this blog will let you into our ‘normal’ world.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the show.  Start at the beginning, if you have time.  The most current post is at the top of the home page.  Feel free to subscribe and/or leave a comment.  And invite your friends to read too — I love company!

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My boys and my new daughter-in-law!










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  • avatar avatarEllie Ramirez says:

    Classmate of your Dad’s 🙂

  • avatar avatarchristian louboutin says:

    It’s a good post.

    • avatar avatarDikka says:

      Autism to me is a mystery My son will be 20 in a month and still no cause has been found for ausitm,it seems to be increasing.I pray for a cure.It was hard when my son was little because he had the ausitm, dev delays,and adhd,every day was a struggle and then no sooner had he outgrown his adhd his hormones kicked in and along with it,the dreaded OCD, which I was told was common with teens with Autism.My son William can tell you anything about history from Civil War to yesterday but can barely count simple change.He can walk 3 miles from my house to get to the mall and make it there safe but can’t comprehend the directions on a microwave meal(after catching 2 on fire, microwave is off limits without help).My son is aware of all the deficits he has,he knows he has Autism and in his words feels humiliated ,this makes me so sad because if I could turn back time and make him normal,I’d choose not to because he has so many special qualities that I treasure but he does not see those qualities,he feels alone and left behind by the system who promised to help him,the help has been slow coming since he turned 18.I guess what bothers me the most is the fact that there is no support group for young adults with ausitm,who need that support and after age 18 often isolate themselves even more than when they were kids.There is a support group for parents of kids with ausitm, there is a support group for young kids with ausitm, there is even a support group for grandparents ,not one single group for the ones that need it the very most in my opinion young adults age 18 and over.I pray one day this changes

      • avatar avatartheothersideofnormal says:

        Thank you for sharing your story. I agree – they need support groups too. Perhaps you could start one on your own? Feel free to email me privately at becki@theothersideofnormal.com

      • avatar avatarLarry Moody says:

        I don’t know where you live, but if it’s in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area you are in luck! There are three social (not theraputic) support groups here for adults on the spectrum. Two are listed in AuSM’s list (see website link). The third is facilitated by a psychologist friend of mine and can be found on Facebook by searching for: “Paul Johnson’s neurodiversity group”. All three request a small donation ($1 to $5 if/as you can afford). AuSM lists many other support groups as well (for parents, siblings, spouses, etc.).

  • avatar avatarGanga Lakshminarayanan. says:

    As a mother of a 15 year old with autism, your blog is very good. I have not read everything given my time and patience, but the fact of accepting autism is so true. Keep blogging for parents like me.

  • avatar avatarNancy Domonoske says:

    You are an amazing Mother and person!!

  • avatar avatarMichelle Swenson says:

    Congratulations on being an author, Becki!! I can’t put the book down. While reading it at church (not during the sermon, but while waiting for my kids) some onlookers asked me about it. 🙂 They are excited to buy it. I am reading Laura R’s copy; just ordered my own!! You continue to be such a blessing in the lives of people navigating the world of autism. Thank you so much. I hope Tony is doing well. He is loved!!!

  • avatar avatarRachel says:

    I am a 20 year old education major from Lake Crystal. I go to school in Marshall, Mn but I was home working at the LCARC on the day of Christmas in Lake Crystal. I came across your booth and got you book. I have recently started working with a 12 year old boy with autism and I was having a hard time figuring out what to do. Your book gave me a great insight and I finished it in two days. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • avatar avatartheothersideofnormal says:

      Thank you, Rachel! It takes a special person to do what you do – I commend you and thank you for working in this field. You will find it very difficult at times, but very, very rewarding too. Celebrate all the little triumphs one step at a time!!

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