Stone Found His Voice Through Spelling

What is it like to hear your 17-year-old tell you that his dream college is Harvard?

For many parents of teens across America, it’s probably so common they don’t give it a second thought.

For me it’s both thrilling and slightly heartbreaking. But mostly thrilling.

Why? Because against our wildest dreams and expectations, our autistic son Stone was able to communicate that this is one of his dreams with us last week.

Sunday’s swim lesson (for me – not Stone)

He didn’t want to go. He was adamant. “No swimming! No swim team!” I tried to cajole him by telling him it’d be fun. He repeated it louder this time – an inflection in his voice to make his point. “No swim TEEEEAM.” Crossing my arms I sighed and considered the options. For the past […]

Progress comes in different steps and speeds

I want to say something about this guy. It’s been a long time since I’ve written much about him and sometimes I feel bad about that. I used to be so good about documenting his life, challenges and the progress he made. But life happened and here I am in catch up mode. He’s turning […]

Carrying vs. Pushing (Parenting)

One of the bigger challenges I feel I face as a parent is trying to balance between pushing the twins out of their comfort zones and encouraging independence – while also trying to be supportive and provide an emotional safety net for them. And I know that as they get older, this won’t get any […]