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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ellie's Netflix Picks : Under An Arctic Sky



Over the Thanksgiving weekend I spent entirely too much time lolling around on the couch and watching Netflix. I got sucked into The Office for a good span, saw a mediocre movie with an all-star cast (Swept From the Sea, if you were wondering) and happened to catch a Netflix documentary that had me simultaneously gasping in wonder and scratching my head at the absolute insanity of its subjects.

Monday, November 26, 2018

In Order To Secure My Son's Future, I Have To Take Away Something He Loves



I have a dilemma.

Part of my job as a parent - and especially as an autism parent - is to make absolutely sure that my son will be able to live as independent a life as possible when he reaches adulthood.

David needs to learn a skill. His sister has been making college visits and college is a topic of conversation in the house on a nearly daily basis right now. David is caught up in the excitement and of course he thinks this is going to be him in a few years. I've had to have some gentle but firm conversations reminding him that college isn't for everybody and some people just like to go to work. So in keeping with that I've been looking at the local vocational school that works with our school district and they happen to have an excellent culinary program.

David is currently in a cooking class and loves it to death. David's father is also quite an accomplished cook and comes from a family full of chefs and kitchen managers. David and Anna have grown up cooking with both me and their father, and David has expressed some interest in going into hospitality work. There's just one problem.

In order for David to begin culinary classes at the vocational school next year (his sophomore year) the curriculum calls for him to drop all electives. He will have his core educational classes in one half of the day and Vo-Tech in the second half of the day. That means David will no longer be allowed to take chorus.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ellie's Netfix Picks: The Tigers of Scotland


Last weekend, the weather turned colder, and I snuggled under a fuzzy throw on the couch and lost myself in the Scottish highlands with a group of beautiful cats.

The Tigers of Scotland is a documentary about the breeding and conservation of the endangered Scottish wildcat. Narrated by actor Ian Glenn (that's Jorah Mormont for you Game of Thrones fans) in his native Scottish accent, it's a feast for the eyes along with a real education as to what it takes to save a dying species.

The cats are majestic and beautiful, the subject is compelling, and the cinematography is breathtaking. At just under an hour, it's more than worth your time.



Monday, November 12, 2018

Fifteen Years Ago, I Became An Autism Parent


Fifteen years ago, I became an autism parent.

I had no idea at the time, of course. It would take another three years before I got the label anf he (and I) got the help we needed to navigate this strange, new world.

It hasn't always been easy. Any autism parent will tell you that. They'll tell you of the frustrations and fears. Of the challenges and big triumphs over tiny things. So no, it hasn't always been easy.

But sometimes, it has.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

5 Things I Learned From Being The Child Of A Soldier


I'm sure I've mentioned before that I grew up a military child. My father is a Purple Heart Veteran of the United States Air Force and spent most of his adult life as a military man. My brothers were USAF as well. I grew up moving from place to place for a lot of my childhood, and my mother, God rest her soul, was a wonderful military wife.

And in the spirit of the Memorial Day weekend upon us, I'd like to share these things that I learned, being the child of a soldier:

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sometimes You Just Have To Ask For Help


Hi.
Remember me?
Long time no see. I'd love to tell you that my life is just so deliciously busy that the blogging has been very hard to fit into it - but it just isn't so.

The truth of the matter is my life sucks a lot right now. I mean a whole lot. I mean more than I can handle. And if you've been following this blog and following my blog before that it Woman's Day, you know I can handle a lot.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Children With A Sibling On The Autism Spectrum Often Display Social And Emotional Difficulties, Study Says



I've often written about the inherent difficulties and sacrifices (and unseen rewards) that go with being the sibling of a child on the autism spectrum, and now we see hard evidence that kids with an autistic sibling have a lot more to work against than kids with neurotypical siblings.

This study compiled data from 69 separate studies that involved 6,679 children with an autistic sibling and 21,263 controls (or kids with neurotypical siblings).

The study found the following: