it’s in a word: autistic vs. has autism

You may follow my blog and wonder why I say “(insert name) is autistic,” when you feel strongly it should be, “(insert name) has autism.” The second is described as being person-first language. I’ve had discussions with parents and grandparents who are strong proponents of the person-first language. I understand this. Not wanting your child…

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they can hear you

I’m sharing this wonderful post by Jess at Diary of a Mom because what she says is essential to being an Autism parent. We must realize this as we move forward. We must make what she says part of our every move, our every word. Just as Jess states, I’m also so thankful for those…

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what do you do with expectations?

You can listen to a recording of this post – just scroll to the end. 🙂 I’m surrounded by people who think they are living their life right. Though I have to admit, I felt the same way before I entered the world of foster care, adoption, Autism, disorders, and my disease. I thought I…

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it’s not a pity party if someone else throws it (Autism)

Opinions. They abound all around me. Today I’m talking about parents of children with Autism having opinions. We have opinions and they are usually quite strong, and rightly so, it’s our child, it’s our family. One of the notions I wanted to tackle today is the Autism parents opinion that people shouldn’t have pity, or…

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TOP 4 posts of 2014 (and more)

Hi there! Wow, it’s been a while. I took a much longer break from Lovin’ Adoptin’ than planned over the Christmas holiday. I hope you all made it through the holidays as I know many of you have some extra challenges. 2014 has been a busy and productive year for Lovin’ Adoptin’. Although my goal was…

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look for the “why” – Autism & ABA therapy

“One of the keys to allow children with Autism to thrive is to understand how they process information, and adjust their education and activities accordingly.” – Dr. Mercola Sparrow Rose Jones, an Autistic adult, wrote a guest post for A Diary of a Mom  about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. I was shocked by what…

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the secret joys of Autism

When you have an atypical child, the little strides they make in life seem to be so much more monumental than if a typical child would have accomplished them. For example, a couple days ago, Jeremiah fed the dog from the table. Now, if he were a typical kid, I might laugh, and then teach…

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I wish the worlds view of Autism would change

WARNING: Graphic information below, not for all audiences. Justin and I were watching a past episode of Law & Order SVU last night. It was going as pretty much every Law & Order SVU goes, although I haven’t seen an episode in years. This time there was mention of the offender being “on the Spectrum.”…

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our special needs adoption: how God showed up at every turn

For National Adoption Month, I asked my friend, Christy, to write their story for Lovin’ Adoptin’. Enjoy! ******* On July 17, 2013, I received a text from my sister that would completely alter what our family looked like. She texted to let me know a friend of hers was working with an adoption agency that…

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