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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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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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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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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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Shawn Stockman’s Advice for Parents of Kids With Autism

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

    The soulful singer and Boyz II Men star shares his heartfelt tips for parents of autistic children. Boyz II Men star Shawn Stockman and his wife, Sharhonda, are raising twin boys who are 9 years old and a younger daughter. Micah, one of their twins, was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, which […]

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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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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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How to Raise the Perfect Parent

Posted by theothersideofnormal on November 15, 2012 in autism, coping skills, family |

  I found this article today and thought it was worth sharing with all of you.  I remember clearly reading this when my boys were 6, 4 and 3 months old.  It was 1997 and I had absolutely no idea what was in store for us.  I was still in the “fixing mode”, meaning I was […]

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