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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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The Big Tri by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Obviously, I ate those words.  Stranger things DID happened, pigs HAVE flown, and some little corner of Hell hath frozen over. Sure, it took years for me to change my ... Read on »
Fourths and Tenths by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This past weekend we celebrated July the Fourth and we celebrated a big birthday.  The big One-Oh.  Double digits.  A full decade.Pink's Tenth Birthday.Unbeliev ... Read on »
Last Week of School = Whooo Hoooo! by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum One is out, three to go!   I have four kids in 3 different schools and of course this snowy winter has affected them all. They were supposed to be out on June 13th, ... Read on »
Swimming In Open Waters With Bricks by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum My first triathlon is a week from tomorrow, so I've been trying to get myself both physically and mentally prepared to finish.  That is the only goal I have — to finish. I ... Read on »
Weekend Wrap Up: Splashing, Dashing, and Father's Day by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Actually, she had no game face. She was nervous.  "I don't want to go... I'm so tired," she said meekly, laying under her covers.  "You know what I think? I think you' ... Read on »
Weekend Wrap Up by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This weekend we were roughin' it.  Well, I wouldn't go that far. As my babysitter said "You weren't camping... you were GLAMping."   Nature. Everywhere. A ... Read on »
The Olympian by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I enter into the humidity of an indoor pool and find the races have just started. The students, each coupled with an aide, are already bobbing in the water, floatation dev ... Read on »
tHERsDay: House Rules by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum There are many unspoken 'house rules' of living with CB. Perhaps we could needlepoint them upon a very large pillow. ~ Leave NOT thy ipad or iphone anywhere le ... Read on »
tHERsDay by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It was her first year at her "new school" as we had just moved from North to South Jersey the prior summer.  We were all getting used to stuff - a new house, a new com ... Read on »
Book Review: @Sophie Takes a #Selfie by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum @Sophie Takes a #Selfie: Rules and Etiquette For Taking Good Care Before You Share by: J. J. CannonIllustrated by: Bridget Doe I remember when Tink was i ... Read on »
Weekend Wrap Up: Celebrating by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I remember gently placing her arms through the sleeves of her white baptismal gown when she was only three months old. Her tiny body still completely dependent upo ... Read on »
Still Lives From The Home Front by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum 1. little peeps are welcoming spring 2. homemade terrarium from earth day 3. the plethora of Easter candy that lingers on 4. yes, those are Christmas glas ... Read on »
Happiest Place On Earth? Why Yes, Yes It Is. by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It was our first family trip to Disney... the first for ALL  of us. Neither Dr. Fabulous nor I have ever been to Disney.  So as we experienced the magic through our ... Read on »
Weekend Wrap-Up, Easter Style by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The girls decked themselves out in their favorite dresses. Rella in a hand-me-down, Tink had borrowed Pink's dress and Rella's sweater. Pink, who usually hates dresses ... Read on »
Kicking off Spring Break by Alicia D Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Out of tune singing, and cuteness galore.  My last Kindergarten concert ever.  It made me kinda sad. She literally has been asking if she can donate he ... Read on »
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 »