We are better together

I get asked on quite a consistent basis what the most challenging part of each day is. And to be quite honest, it has nothing much to do with behaviors stemming from special needs specifically. It isn’t really the sleepless nights, or even the sudden nonverbal communication. It’s not about a specific characteristic or challenge […]

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Age: Quite Literally Just A Number

Today I find myself decluttering. It usually makes me feel quite a bit better, when I’m in one of those random “funks”. But if nothing else, today’s chore left me feeling more gloomy than anything. I first tackled the hall closets, our makeshift office in the spare bedroom, and then turned my attention to Beckett’s […]

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A Thanksgiving To Never Forget

To some these photos may look less like Thanksgiving and more like a “game night”. Today, these are our chosen festive plans. Today the calendar reads “Thanksgiving” and we are doing just that. We had (burnt) pizza for our meal, instead of the traditional American turkey spread with all the trimmings. And yet we are […]

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The Smile That Makes It All Worth While

Today marked a magical day for us in the Olson household. We didn’t win the lottery. We didn’t land some random month long vacation. But it feels just as big, in the world we’re all navigating right now. We put our Christmas tree up today, and it feels glorious. It’s been a rough go the […]

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To The One’s That Didn’t Have To

This. This right here…This is what i’m grateful for at the beginning, middle and end of each day; Little notes, cluing us in on how our sweet, autistic, nonverbal son is doing, in the hours he is away at school. Beckett is on an IEP (Individual Education Plan) that allows him to learn and grow […]

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Autism: The Grinch that stole his holiday excitement

Holidays are fast approaching.And for the past few weeks, my mind has been filled with the excitement and longing for celebration and togetherness. In an ever-changing world that we are a part of, looking forward to something is a must these days. But as the first of the next few major holidays creeps up on […]

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Give Me A Sign

Someone tell me what the equation is.The one that lets me in on the secrets of the Autistic mind. I spend the majority of the hours in the day attempting to configure exactly what will help my son thrive, and perhaps even more importantly, what will help avoid a meltdown. I was never good at […]

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The Forgotten

This past year has been the hardest yet for our family of three.No secret to the masses, this worldwide pandemic has been an intense, devastating wave. It has caused stress (like for millions of others) financially, as we rely on just one income. It has caused anxiety, and frustration and the feeling of loneliness.The feeling […]

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Just You, Me and The Moon

How you exude such joy at the wee hours of the very early morning, is beyond me. I wish I had that kind of stamina. How does that beautiful brain of yours light up for the day, like an art gallery painting bursting with such color and life, and vividness, before the sun has even […]

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The Conscious Shift of Thankfulness

It’s funny isn’t it, the things we grow thankful for as we grow older? The mindful morph we experience from child to adult. As a kid I was that shy, timid little redhead that just did her best to not “make waves”.I kept to myself, to keep the waters steady. Whether that have been within […]

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