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Dog treats for everyone!

Posted by theothersideofnormal on April 4, 2016 in autism |

I’m so happy to announce that Tony has joined the team at Finley’s Barkery!  He is proud to be working in the shipping department and aspires to someday feed every dog he sees a wonderful, healthy, homemade treat! When I first heard about this local startup, I immediately fell in love with the concept. Dave […]

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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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Traditions

Posted by theothersideofnormal on December 17, 2014 in autism, coping skills |

    As Tony and I sat down to do our holiday card this year, I realized just how much traditions mean to him.  I let him do the card on his own last year (hense, the blurry picture), so I thought I’d at least check his work this year.  He carefully chose a picture of […]

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Taya Over the Rainbow

Posted by theothersideofnormal on November 14, 2014 in autism |

  A mother in my online autism support group posted this yesterday.  It brought me to tears.  One of the sweetest videos I’ve seen. I love everything about this — love the SpongeBob in the background, the perfect pitch of her voice, the toy she’s hugging, even the cape she’s wearing. Taya is 14 yrs old and […]

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Workin’ for a living

Posted by theothersideofnormal on November 5, 2014 in autism, coping skills |

    We’re entering November and I can’t even believe that this year is nearly gone. How did this happen? When we last spoke, Tony had just graduated from the high school transition program and there were a lot of unknowns ahead. Summer came and went and we did our best to keep him occupied.  […]

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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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7 Things You Don’t Know About A Special Needs Parent

Posted by theothersideofnormal on March 6, 2014 in autism, coping skills |

  I saw this article on Facebook from Huffington Post Parents.  As I read it, I smiled at the many things that were spot on.  Sometimes a perfect stranger can explain to you exactly how you are feeling, what you’re thinking, and how you’ve been acting.  I hope this article helps some of my devoted readers who […]

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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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Loving with Autism

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 24, 2014 in autism, coping skills |

    What a beautiful story.  Although they are much higher functioning than our Tony, it’s wonderful to see all the possibilities. Please click the link below and watch a very special love story! We will never give up hope that if Tony should ever want this… that he may someday have it. Loving with […]

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