Category Archive: Autism

May 05 2017

Everyone Loves A Bad Boy

He’s back!  Jake’s two week ban from posting on YouTube has ended!  His first order of business?  Post the video I made in iMovie of his Special Olympics adventures.  I never did get a response from the “appeal form” I submitted requesting some level of intervention. I wanted to keep the two weeks for lesson-learning purposes, but …

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May 03 2017

Special Olympics: Penobscot Track and Field

Today was, I suspect, the first of many Special Olympic appearances for Jake.  This path started for him back in August of ’16 when he watched with wide eyes the athletes of the world compete in Rio.  He asked his mother if he, too, could do that.  As we looked at each other across the …

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May 01 2017

15th Annual ASM Walk for Autism

I realize that most of my readers are also friends from Facebook where I’ve shared some photos, but I want to do so here as well.  The Walk was a big success!  The weather was bright and cool, the crowd was big, and the money raised was $58,000+.  An excellent day.  Jake got his irises …

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May 01 2017

Autism as a Super Power?

Recently, Beth and I were giving a presentation of what sensory integration is, how to recognize dysfunction, and some strategies that may help a kid feel more comfortable and successful in school and at home.  It was an honor, and a lot of fun, too.  I always get so nervous before speaking with a group, …

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Apr 24 2017

The End of Jake’s YouTube Channel?

Jake’s in trouble. He’s violated YouTube Community Guidelines, and not for the first time.  He is posting unwanted and copywritten material in a pervasive and persistent manner to the popular site.  He’s pretty freaked.  We didn’t know for a couple of reasons.  1.  Who reads the fine print?  2.  Jake doesn’t check his email  3.  …

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Feb 05 2017

How to join Jake’s Team or simply make a donation.

If you want to join Jake’s Team and walk with us in the 14th annual ASM Walk for Autism, to be held on April 30th, here’s what you do.  p.s.  Please join us!  It’ll be fun!  Just click on the following link, which will take you to my personal FirstGiving page. BIGCALFGUY’S FIRSTGIVING PAGE This …

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Feb 04 2017

2017 ASM Walk for Autism: Jake’s Team

I remember the first time I became aware of the Autism Society of Maine.  Jake was 2, and had just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  I, being shy, had talked about it with anyone who would listen, so naturally the whole hospital knew.  This was probably mid-March.  I got a call one day …

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Feb 03 2017

Ridiculous Boy

Quick story. Last night for dinner, I made one of those Facebook recipes.  Old Fashioned Goulash.  It was pretty good.  It may have been better if I could have found Goya Adobo seasoning at Hannaford, but alas, I could not. Knowing this Hungarian goodness would probably not be favorited by the boys, I cooked the rest …

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Jan 22 2017

Killing Me Softly {Guest Post By Beth}

Ever hear the song ‘Killing Me Softly’?  I used to listen to the Fugees sing it over and over.  This is kind of how I feel when I read some of my husband’s blog posts.  I’m not sure if I can put into words how it feels to have your life put into words for …

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Jan 20 2017

My not-so-little drummer boy

The same child of mine who, for years, avoided a gymnasium like the plague, has become a social butterfly at the several-times-per-week high school games we now take part in.  You should see it.  It’s pretty remarkable.  It’s the loudest and most boisterous place in town on any given weeknight, but I think the fact …

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Jan 18 2017

The times are changing

Way back when Jake was first diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, my biggest fear was that he’d be ostracized by his peers and feel alone. We worked very hard to make sure that didn’t happen.  Beth, in particular as stay at home Mom, worked diligently to make sure the kids in Jake’s class knew what …

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Jan 14 2017

A Hero in Shiny Armor

Jake and I had a discussion the other day. We were driving in the car, and without prompting, he turned to me and asked, “Am I a good guy?” I told him that of course he was a good guy.  It bears mentioning that he usually asks questions to confirm something he already knows.  It’s …

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