Orangutans at the table: Life with three wild boys.

In my pre-Mama days, I watched a nature program about scientists raising a few orphaned juvenile orangutans in the jungle. The mothers had been poached and they never had the benefit of socialization. The scientists were living with the animals in a camp. The scene that has stayed with me all of these years isContinue reading “Orangutans at the table: Life with three wild boys.”

“please consider the impact on the environment before printing this email”

This is my “furious with Special Education administrator” face. Yes, there was a time when people printed out emails. It was called the aughts? 2000’s? One of those. Regardless, it was a thing and it was wasteful. Of course, there’s always those who know better and do better, so they would add to their emailContinue reading ““please consider the impact on the environment before printing this email””

WTAF: Special Needs Education During the Pandemic

I try to be funny and encouraging and post about the little victories. But there are days when the grind that is parenting children with special needs is just overwhelmingly impossible. It doesn’t FEEL impossible, it’s like, actually impossible. How we make it to bedtime each day most often feels like it involved magic. Now,Continue reading “WTAF: Special Needs Education During the Pandemic”

Pandemic Distance Learning 2020: Parenting Survival Hacks (the Autism Version)

During synchronous learning with the teacher, don’t stress about having a Pinterest-worthy classroom. Leave that laundry right there. If little brother is yelling about having to pee, even better. Best to set that bar nice and low from the outset. Finding your Halloween Monster magnet set with the phonics toys is a wonderful opportunity toContinue reading “Pandemic Distance Learning 2020: Parenting Survival Hacks (the Autism Version)”