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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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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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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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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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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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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Release day is here and I need your help!

Posted by theothersideofnormal on October 22, 2013 in autism |

  Today’s the day — the official release day of The Other Side of Normal – A look into our normal world with autism What does that mean? It simply means that our book is now available to order in bookstores or from internet sites like barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com. It most likely won’t be displayed […]

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