“Family vacation” is a phrase that doesn’t always recall images of tranquility. Many parents return from one feeling like they need a vacation to recover from their vacation — and that feeling is hardly the exclusive realm of special-needs parents. We’ve had family vacation hits and misses, and over the years we’ve learned what works […]Read more "Vacation Ambition"
Ryan is very independent about doing his homework. He usually comes home from school, has a snack, and begins working on it promptly at 4 p.m. without being asked. Only if he gets stuck on something will be even show us what he is working on. More often, he completes his assignments and puts everything […]Read more "Tales From the Recycle Bin"
This morning, I shaved and put on shoes of the non-flip flop variety for the first time in 10 days. I was not happy about either of these developments. This morning, it’s back to the routine, back to the morning commute, back to reality. Vacation is over. I was happy, thrilled even, to return from […]Read more "Vacation, Part One – Going Home"
Ahh, vacation. Relaxing on the beach, enjoying the sun, maybe visiting an exciting new city or taking in a theme park. Leaving the comforts of home behind for, well, greater comforts. It doesn’t always work so well for kids on the autism spectrum. For kids like Ryan, the comforts — and the routine — of […]Read more "Wave Hockey"