It’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to learn as an autism parent. Where Ryan is concerned, my natural instincts tend towards over-protective. The thing I’ve had to learn is my interceding to make sure his needs are met doesn’t do him any good. I’m not saying over-protective doesn’t have his place. I would […]Read more "Letting Him Be"
Apologies for the extended absence. I have been away since the start of the Stanley Cup Final more than a week ago, making it tough to find the time to write. But Veronica relayed a story on the phone this morning that I wanted to share. As I write this, the Tampa Bay Lightning lead […]Read more "Music to My Ears"
I brought Ryan with me to the office yesterday for Take Your Child To Work Day. It was either the sixth or seventh time I’ve done so. Since I work in hockey, this day is a Really Big Deal for Ryan, and he looks forward to it every year. Sadly, he is aging out of […]Read more "Our Journey to Easy"
Before he was a talking head at ESPN, Herm Edwards was a coach in the NFL. He was a successful assistant with my favorite team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, under Tony Dungy as they began to turn what had been the worst franchise in the league into a team that would eventually win Super Bowl […]Read more "Average People Don’t Get This Far in Life"
You’re a parent. Maybe you have a child on autism spectrum or with other special needs. Maybe you don’t. What do you think of when you hear the phrase “birthday party?” Do you smile and think of your kid surrounded by friends for a few hours on a weekend afternoon? Do you shudder and think, […]Read more "The Best Birthday Yet"