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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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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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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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Jake’s Approval

It’s not always easy to please Jacob. Sometimes it takes a few tries. Which version of this video do you like best?

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Who’s Mecha Jake, and why does he climb walls?

A post about growth, overcoming fear, aliases, and Super Mario.

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ASM Retreat, Day 1

We just got here this afternoon, but I can already tell we’re going to have a great year!     It’s always remarkable to look around and see all the families we’ve connected with in the past, and see how much the kids have grown. It’s excellent to get to be a small part of everyone …

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Front Hugs

Part of the magic in having children and pets is the fact that they love you so much. That unconditional love is truly magical, and in its reciprocation, all things are made well. When I got home from Portland on Sunday night, Jake was the first to meet me at the door. He ran out …

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#Autism Retreat Weekend 2014

The Autism Society of Maine, or ASM, hosts a family retreat weekend every year where the families of those with autism can come together.  There is an amazing array of respite workers who whisk our kids away and give us, the adults, some … well, adult time.   How it works is this:  We’re put …

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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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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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Walk For Autism – A Worthy Cause

Our involvement with the Autism Society of Maine (ASM) happened by chance, but I’m so glad it did. Jake was almost three years old, and it was early April.  We had just gotten our diagnosis.  I remember I was at work at Millinocket Regional Hospital, in the PT department, when I got the phone call.  …

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BigCalfGuy, Sibshop Facilitator!

If any of you know me at all, you won’t be surprised to hear that Beth is the uber-organized one, and I’m more the ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ one in the relationship.  It should further not surprise you to find out that I was sitting in a Portland conference room, getting ready …

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