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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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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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Delivering the Message

Posted by theothersideofnormal on December 13, 2013 in autism, coping skills |

  This is a copy of one of the radio interviews I did last month.  I really think she asked great questions in helping me deliver the message as to why we wrote this book.  Please click the link and listen: AUTISM INTERVIEW mp3 audio   Thank you all for helping me spread awareness in our […]

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Holiday Kindness

Posted by theothersideofnormal on December 4, 2013 in autism, coping skills |

      The holidays are in full swing and we are slowing turning our home in a winter wonderland.  Traditions are not to be broken here — and Tony will make sure of that.  The snow is falling this morning, the Christmas tree is up and the holiday music is playing throughout the house. […]

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101 Ways to Praise a Child

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 10, 2013 in autism, family |

  Happy 2013! This is going to be a big year of change, celebrations, and rewards.  And I’m so excited! With all the media coverage of bad news, here is something good.  Something promising.  Something we can all use as a tool to raise strong, confident kids in a world where we are constantly bombarded with negativity.  […]

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Holiday Angst

Posted by theothersideofnormal on December 14, 2012 in autism, family |

    Angst means fear or anxiety (anguish is its Latinate equivalent, and anxious, anxiety are of similar origin), according to Wikipedia, which is Tony’s go-to for information. It’s one of my favorite words used in my early German classes… not sure why it was my favorite, but I truly thought it described anxiety much […]

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