Category Archives: Autism family life

  1. The courage to accept


    January 30, 2013 by whirlyjoy

    The books are called things like Everybody is Different, Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes, I Am Utterly Unique, My Friend Has Autism… They’re about acceptance and understanding, and mostly that’s what I’m about too.

  2. This year’s good seasoning


    December 26, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    Here in the spin cycle, there is much to be grateful for; so for once I leave aside my Grinchyscroogygripey …
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  3. Aida’s song


    December 21, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    The shrieking has been going on since Aida was a toddler; she can’t hear herself, of course – or maybe part of the appeal is that she can actually hear a little something when she’s that loud.

  4. Why my mascot is Cruella de Vil


    December 11, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    “It’s not our job to make nice.”

  5. Winter sunshine


    November 19, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    This is what we call the “sick bowl” in our house, sitting on Aida’s plush froggy blanket that my good …
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  6. Where’s my ‘appy hend?


    November 13, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    When life hands you lemons… slap life in the face and say “Try again!” I wish I could declare this …
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  7. Saturday hair

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    October 27, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    On Friday nights I shower after Aida is good and asleep, and many times go straight to bed with wet …
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  8. A Cinderella Life


    October 23, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    Saturday began as a lovely evening. You just never know when midnight will strike…

  9. What’s that sign?


    October 9, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    Most of Aida’s interactions with the world can be hard to figure out, and a huge part of my job as her mother is to try to guess what the heck is going on inside that bright but screwy brain of hers.

  10. Chaos du jour: Footwear


    October 2, 2012 by whirlyjoy

    There’s a German proverb that says “the shoe alone knows if the stocking has holes” – but that’s only true when you manage to keep your shoes on…