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Alicia D

I am the mother of 4 girls, my oldest being a teenager with severe autistic spectrum disorder, severe-profound cognitive impairments, and a seizure disorder. Though currently I am a stay-at-home Mom, (and aspiring writer) I have my Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and have worked... Full Bio
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Weekend-Wrap Up: Spring In Our Step by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum And you do it for the freakishly man-sized Easter Bunny who comes to visit on a firetruck. Rella loves this dude, but the other girls have long been unimpressed. ... Read on »
Parallel Play by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum As close as CB gets to "playing with her sisters." We'll take it. Read on »
Catching Up by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Spring Soccer season has commenced as has my own training for my first triathlon. Like Fall, Spring is a busy time when this family runs around a bit. Between four kid ... Read on »
Weekend Wrap-Up by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The evening is coming to a close, the girls are playing gleefully in their bedroom waiting for me to start the bedtime ritual. I will, as soon as CB eats her way through a ... Read on »
tHERsDay by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum After the service, we do our little ritual. We stop at the coffee shop and meet up with family.  We hang out and drink the best coffee ev'ah. Then, we hit the Sunday f ... Read on »
Weekend Wrap Up and More Snow by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum More snow.  Another school day off.  I think at this point, we're going to be going to school until July. But, the girls don't mind at all.  They love bundling up. ... Read on »
tHERsDay by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In the dark of 6:00 am, as I helped CB step out of her pajamas and into her school clothes, I had this random thought. A thought about how I'll never have all my childre ... Read on »
Still Lives From The Home Front by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum 1.  Rella's object of attachment, Bubby 2. CB's objects of attachment, beads and random tangles of yarn 3. Re-reading The Happiness Project, I guess ... Read on »
How We 'Celebrate the 8' by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The "party like a rock star" part was really just grabbing some donuts at the Amish Market in the morning and then meeting 4 of her good friends for pizza. Then, they ... Read on »
The World Lies Forward by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The second issue of Pentimento Magazine , a publication of literary works written by and for the community of individuals living with disabilities, has arrived.   ... Read on »
The Big Chill and Our 12 Days of Charity Wrap-Up by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Anyway, today was nice and toasty compared to yesterday which means it just barely made it out of the single digits.  Man, Florida is looking better and better to me. ... Read on »
Resolving : A Year In Review by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I typically don't make New Year's Resolutions.  I used to, in my 20s. Ya know, the typical 'Stop doing this ... start doing that.'  Nothing ever changed, of course ... Read on »
Weekend Wrap-Up by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In a Post-Christmas celebration, we also hit Macy's Dickens Village for the first time. It was pretty amazing... I'd highly recommend it! ... Read on »
There Was Magic: A Holiday Wrap-Up by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Christmas is pure bliss with young kids. It was all about magic and family and traditions and love. Just like it should be.  Christmas Eve we had an early dinner, at ... Read on »
tHERsDay by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum  Yesterday CB came with her nails painted.  It looks like the "Cosmo Girls" from the Cosmetology Department got a hold of the students in the Special Ed wing of the Tech Hig ... Read on »
Weekend Wrap-Up on Hump Day by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Sunday was the long-overdue and long-awaited BIRTHDAY PARTY that Rella has been buggin' out about for almost 2 months.  Her birthday is ... Read on »
tHERsDay, A Little This, A Little That by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It was a good morning. It not only snowed basically all day Sunday, making a 2 hour delayed opening for school Monday morning, but it also snowed Tuesda ... Read on »
tHERsDay by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum She doesn't hang an ornament, but she does hang around. And even stays long enough for the near-impossible group photo. Read on »
12 Days of Charity by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So first I'd like to say this. Dear Parents, If you have come clean to your fourth grader about Good Ole St. Nick and The Elf on the Shelf this year that's quite ... Read on »