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Gabriel, Budding Author

Gabe is learning to write stories in class. He’s always written very short, detail-less tales, and they’re trying to get him to plump up his writing. I would say that his “voice” is improving, and his details are growing as well. Here are three recent (verbatim) examples: Weekend News: I had a game night. Connor…

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Quote of the Day 03/31/14

No, Daddy Ryan Whitehouse, you are WRONG!  It’s MY Olivia’s Kindle Fire!                -Jacob Whitehouse This quote was followed by Jake storming off up the stairs, into his room, and slamming the door.  THAT was followed by a quick lecture by Dad about NOT slamming my doors. The ongoing saga of who gets to play…

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Sibshop Awesomeness

Sibshops are pretty amazing things! We’ve held two at this point, and my only complaint is that they’re poorly attended.  Maybe we’re not doing enough to get the word out. Sibshops are a celebration of the life-long commitment and unique relationship that neurotypical kids have with their special needs brothers and sisters.  They can be…

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Quote of the Day 03/30/14

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard…

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Do You Have What It Takes? A Challenge…

Yesterday, I wrote a post about two of my favorite guys, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack Lalanne. Having done that, I was excited to run home and show the kids the video of Jack doing fingertip pushups with arms outstretched.  I was so impressed!  I still am, actually. Anyway, we’re watching the clip, and Jack clearly…

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Paradigm Shift

As I grow older (gasp!), and perhaps a little more mature (double gasp!), I’m experiencing a shift in my thinking. I was born in 1978, so I was a kid in the 80s. My heroes were Rocky, Rambo (yes, I know it’s the same guy), Conan the Barbarian, and Dutch from Predator (again, yes, I…

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Quote of the Day 3/28/14

You cannot teach a crab to walk straight. -Aristophanes This is another quote that means a lot to me. I work in healthcare, and I work with people who get into trouble with their bodies based sometimes on choices they’ve made. Not choices I’d have made, but choices they have made. It’s not my job…

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An Autism Boy

I hate labels. Worse, I hate labels on children. I had two huge fears when Jacob was being labeled with autism. First, that he would be ostracized, and made to feel alone and less than everyone else. Second, that people would set the bar so low that he’d never be expected to accomplish anything; or…

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Thunderous Boom Room

I work in a hospital. Hospitals are funny places. Subjects that don’t get discussed in CPA offices are freely talked about in hospitals. I don’t want to say it’s entirely like M*A*S*H, where you laugh to keep from crying, but it’s along that vein. Long story short… There are three bathrooms available to the general…