Category: Autism

Tales of Play at the Stump

Many of Portland’s Western Red Cedar trees are dying due to climate changes. In the park near our home, it has happened to many of them in the past twelve months. The only good thing that came out of it was The Stump. One particular stump we found is now “our stump” and L and G …

Autism and GAPS Diet, Picky Eater!

Gavin has never had GI problems. He usually makes a bowel movement a few times a day and he has always been like this. He was only constipated a handful of times in his five years of life. For this reason, we don’t believe fully that he has any problems with his gut. We tried inulin …

Apraxia and Autism

Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for apraxia, a rare neurological speech disorder, because the two conditions often go hand-in-hand, according to researchers. It’s estimated that one in 68 children in the United States has autism and one to two in 1,000 have apraxia. Please be aware that just because a child with autism is nonverbal does not mean that …

Conquering the Breakfast Nook Fear

For a couple of years, G does not sit at the breakfast nook. Something about the way the cushions move, or how high the benches are – he doesn’t want to sit here. Even though his legs are so long now, and so close to the floor at the edge of a cushion, he is really …

G, In Five Years

Tomorrow is your birthday. You are a positively sweet, snuggly, smart and stubborn guy. There is no one like you on this earth. I look back at the last five years with so many different feelings. My biggest feeling is that I am proud of how hard you work to learn and to manage your feelings …

Gavin Will Be 5.

I haven’t wrote here since June. That feels like a lifetime ago now. My mom died in July. Then the other months just tick tocked along the line. My oldest son and I just got back from a long visit with my dad. My eyes are still puffy and vision is blurry as I look at …

Vaccines. Autism. What to believe?

People are worried about babies under 1 eating honey – I mean, they yell NO, NO, NO HONEY! But having multiple vaccines every month or two when you’ve barely been out of the womb seems like a piece of cake compared to eating a sticky gel made by insects? I have a lot in mind for …

Stem Cell Treatments for Autism

When I was having my first son, L, I was asked to sign some paper to donate my cord blood. It’s all a blur really. They may have mentioned that I could bank the cord blood in case we needed it later. I considered at the time that cord blood was for “diseases” and “serious reasons” …