Sam the Anti-Preemie in a bouncy house

Potty Training the Autistic Child

So, you think it is time to potty train your son.  Great!  But, before we start, I have to ask, why are you sure he is ready? Here are a few typical answers you might get: "Well- he keeps hiding in a corner when he poops, and every time he pees, he grabs at his diaper." "He asked is he … [Read More...]

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Sam The Anti-Preemie's amazing grandparents

Why is asking for help so hard?

You would think, with all I have been through, that by now I would be an expert at asking people for help.  Or at least accepting help when it is offered to me. The reality is, I am terrible at both.  I hate leaning on people.  I hate needing help.  I feel guilty every time I accept help. This … [Read More...]

Sam the Anti-Preemie and his mom

Stop trying to “cure” my son

The past few weeks have been filled with a number of amazing stories on autism. Stories that were insulting, inspiring, and infuriating. I know that I may be in the minority because I do not sit and wonder why my son has autism. I am confident I know why. Sam was born at 24 weeks. That means the … [Read More...]

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Sometimes in the background

Some days, I forget about how Sam's Autism (and former preemie status) has impacted Irene. She has had to give up a lot for her little brother. More than most of us. And more often than not, she has done this quietly and without complaint. Because of the maturity that Irene has shown, I sometimes … [Read More...]