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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What I, an Autism Mom, can and can’t do

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 22, 2015 in coping skills |

      I love this particular blog entry from a fellow Autism Mom!   I wanted to share it with all of you because she took the words right out of my mouth. It made me chuckle.  And that’s good.  🙂   What I, an Autism Mom, can and can’t do As an Autism Mom (I capitalize it […]

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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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Posted by theothersideofnormal on February 7, 2014 in autism |

    If you’ve read our book, you know that Tony is famous in our house for creating his own expressions and language. He’s been at the top of his game lately. He’s had a cough for a few days now and I’m pumping him with vitamins and minerals.  He’s not always thrilled with swallowing […]

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The Internship

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 21, 2014 in autism |

    I’ve been waiting to update you all on Tony’s new “internship” once he got a few days under his belt.  The polar vortex has delayed things a bit.  Yes, it’s been horrifically cold around here and they’ve even called off school due to wind chill’s in the negative 30’s-40’s.  Seriously. So his actual first […]

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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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Posted by theothersideofnormal on August 12, 2013 in autism |

    It’s finally here!  I can officially announce the release of our book:  The Other Side of Normal; A look into our NORMAL World with Autism   It’s been a long, exciting process, but our book will be released to the public on October 22nd! Better yet, it’s available immediately for pre-order at the link […]

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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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