Dear Autism Mom: This Rocky Path Isn’t So Bad 1

Dear Autism [Special Needs] Mom/Dad, It’s a tumultuous road we are traveling. It’s rocky, unpaved, and it feels desolate much of the time. Honestly though, this rocky path isn’t so bad. I began this journey more than seven years ago. At first, it resembled the same paved road traveled by most parents. Then, one day, ...

A Bucket of Bullshit

Have you ever done something silly, simply because you didn’t want to tempt fate?   Have you ever stopped to pick up a penny, just in case it might bring you good luck? Did you ever feel a little anxious after breaking a mirror?   Have you ever hesitated to dial a phone number with 3 consecutive ...

Sensory Integration

At the age of three, Nicholas would often attempt to strip himself naked in public, appearing overwhelmed by the feeling of his clothing against his skin. He never crawled as a baby, and he did not walk until he was 18 months old. From toddlerhood, he held his hands over his ears whenever he went ...

My Inner-Bitch 1

“What is your name?” “His name is Nicholas,” I always interrupt. “That’s a hard question for him.” [Stunned silence] “How old is he?” “He is 4/5/6. He is autistic,” I always respond with a smile. “I’m sorry,” is almost always the response.   I have had this exact conversation with at least 50 people, if ...

Few and Far Between

To the woman who stopped near my tantrumming child at the Sacramento Zoo to point and him and tell her son “that’s what a bad boy looks like,” you have NO FREAKING CLUE WHAT WAS GOING ON!   If you want to see children with proper behavior, you can go and buy yourself a reservation ...

Dear Police Department

Dear San Jose Police Department,   I commend you.   You have done the best you can with the limited resources available to you.   You have made difficult decisions, which required you to prioritize a long list of essential programs and services, directly impacting crime rates.   The safety of our local citizens is in your hands, ...