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Barbara M. Patient Expert

Meadville, Pennsylvania
I’ve got my day job as a family law attorney, my night job as parent to three children with... Full Bio
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Do they have surreality shows…? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum …’cause if they do, I think I need to sign up. The kids started school today, officially bringing this summer to an end. Not a moment too soon, in my book. This has to ... Read on »
With an arsenic chaser, please…..? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Day from hell.  No, from right PAST hell, and out the other side. First, not sleeping. Not sleeping sends the fibromyalgia into Massive Overdrive. Add to that the entr ... Read on »
Approaching ‘normal’ by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I realized the other day that this is the first ‘real’ summer the two younger kids have had since they were maybe a year old. (The Captain, of course, has not improved, so ... Read on »
Hoping for balance by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Amid the crises of the last month, accomplishments have also been made.  I’ve finished the third volume in  the Clan Elves series, and copies are circulating among a few l ... Read on »
Happy Father’s Day! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In celebration of the day, here’s a picture from Little Miss’s sixth-grade graduation, which the Cabana Boy attended since I had to be in court: Nothing better ... Read on »
And then the judge said… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So we’re in court this morning for domestic violence cases, and the judge has about seventeen cases waiting –a pretty stellar number. Usually there’s six or eight. Everyon ... Read on »
Now this is a rhododendron… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Check this out….just one of the fine examples of rhodies in this town… Guess we’ll have to wait till fall to see whether a whole family’s living under there or ... Read on »
Does the truth matter any more? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I can’t stand a liar. Because the Captain’s alphabet diagnoses include Reactive Attachment Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, he’s found lying a very convenie ... Read on »
A grown-up night out by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum One thing we’re not good at–and I’ve said this before–is making sure the Cabana Boy and I have time away from the kids with other adults. It’s something parents of special ... Read on »
There goes the neighborhood… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We are always trying to find the solution to Little Miss’s language delay/receptive and expressive language issues, and tonight we launched ourselves into one that might w ... Read on »
You should know this! First aid for seizures by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum At a support hearing the other day, I represented a client who couldn’t work because she had seizures. We talked about the situation for half an hour or so, her journey to ... Read on »
The cost of free speech; don’t forget it! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Scary-looking scene, isn’t it? Tear gas flying, protesters running in fear? Soon after this would come the shooting that killed innocent bystanders. But this didn’t ... Read on »
Why grandkids rule by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We got to visit this week with M and her three kids from Pensacola, as well as S and her batch from Tennessee, and we were lucky enough to hook up with some free time with ... Read on »
Moving on by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum One of the things I’ve heard most often in this week since my father’s death is, “I didn’t know George was your father!” Or in another form, “I didn’t know you were George ... Read on »
Saying goodbye by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In my house, a man is dying. This man has spent months short of eighty years as a proud American, a fiscal conservative, a walker in the woods, an admirer of the sport ... Read on »
April brings more than showers this year… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum That’s right! I’m announcing the arrival of two new bouncing baby books in the next several weeks. I hadn’t planned for them to come out at the same time, but…who’s compla ... Read on »
Where’s Bob Barker when you need him? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So now here’s a pretty lame excuse for staying home to watch the NCAA basketball tourneys: male sterilization. Yes, the trendy new way to get yourself a few days at ho ... Read on »
Le bon temps, for sure by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I paid a visit today to Little Miss’s classroom today to talk about Mardi Gras. The students were attentive and interested, even if I don’t think a lot of them understood ... Read on »
Idylls in the south by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We took a trip south for a brief respite from the cold. adding in a short visit with the in-laws and a stop in Asheville to see K’s new apartment and to meet the son of he ... Read on »
Moving on up by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We have what might be one of the most important IEP meetings of Little Miss’s life coming up the first week of March: transition into junior high school. She’ll be moving ... Read on »