Everyone needs a purpose

Posted by theothersideofnormal on March 29, 2016 in autism, coping skills, family |

  Welcome to all our new followers and friends! As our original followers can tell, I’ve taken a slight writing sabbatical these past couple of years.  I’ve focused more on social media and building our audience.  I’ve also started on book #2, coming out hopefully in the next year or so. I’ll admit it – […]

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Tony’s Bestman #1 Speech

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 8, 2016 in autism, family |

        Autism Breakthrough Moment!! There are moments in life that take your breath away, and this was surely one of them. Our Tony wrote a surprise speech for his Bestman toast at his big brother’s wedding this past weekend. He was Bestman #1 and his younger brother was Bestman #2 (at least […]

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National Siblings Day

Posted by theothersideofnormal on April 10, 2015 in autism, coping skills, family |

    In honor of National Siblings Day, I am pulling a post from the archives because I truly believe it honors those siblings who not only love someone with autism, but live with it as well.     Originally published March 2010 and also published in our book   I read an article today online […]


New Beginnings

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 4, 2014 in autism, coping skills, family |

  Today is the first day of summer vacation for Tony… for the last time.  He’s 21 years old and has officially graduated out of the school district’s transition program. And as I sit here at the kitchen table wondering just what to do next, I can’t help but reflect.  Sitting in front of me are his […]

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Beautiful Blessing, Beautiful Curse

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 28, 2014 in autism, coping skills, family |

  I’ve been waiting to write about this song for some time now.  Paroosing the internet, as I typically do looking for inspiration on days that it’s badly needed, I happened upon this little blessing a few months ago. Chelsea Stepp, is a 21-year old singer from Kentucky whose moving song inspired by her sister with […]

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The Heart of Christmas

Posted by theothersideofnormal on December 21, 2013 in autism, family |

  Holiday cards are arriving daily and time is running out to get ready for Christmas.  It’s been an amazing year for us as we’ve had many celebratory moments which included college graduation and of course our book release.  My oldest son landed an amazing job full of opportunity; Tony has really grown and faces many […]

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20 Things We Should Say More Often

Posted by theothersideofnormal on November 26, 2013 in autism, family |

            Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I stumbled upon this video and wanted to share it with all of you.  Such a cute – but important – message. I am feeling so grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve been getting since the book release.  It’s beyond my wildest dreams and […]

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Moments like this

Posted by theothersideofnormal on October 28, 2013 in autism, coping skills, family |

  We attended the MN Walk Now for Autism Speaks event a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to share some moments with you.  Typically, large crowds, noises, humming lights, crying babies, sneezing, coughing, and, of course, loud laughter will send Tony right into a horrific meltdown. But this time it didn’t. This time, […]

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St Patrick’s Day

Posted by theothersideofnormal on March 17, 2013 in autism, family |

      As a loyal reader, you know that Tony’s birthday falls on St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s a highly anticipated, fully celebrated event in our home.         This year Tony turns 20 years old. It’s both exciting and heart wrenching. I had never imagined in my wildest dreams that 20 would […]

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Five tips for a happy future for kids with autism

Posted by theothersideofnormal on February 23, 2013 in autism, coping skills, family |

Thought this was worth sharing.  Click the link at the bottom to read more.       Five tips for a happy future for kids with autism Dr. Krysti DeZonia Parents’ greatest worry is what will happen to their children when they are  no longer able to watch over and advocate for them.  Here are […]

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