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Joeymom Patient Expert

Fredericksburg, Virginia
I am the mom of two beautiful boys. My older son has autism, my younger son has mild sensory integration dysfunction (sensory processing disorder). I am also an art historian, adjunct teaching at various colleges in the area. 
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Soundified by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum When Joey was little, he came up with phrases that made him feel happy. Very often, by the time he started repeating them, the words were lost in a pool of sound, but they m ... Read on »
Attitude by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Well, here it is, October. The seasons change, the light slants through the sky at different angle, the air chills, the leaves fall, and Joey goes bazonkers. I am pretty sur ... Read on »
Our Latest Adventure by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum As if I have lots of extra time for writing blog posts- evidenced by the lack thereof here- I have started a new blog for Andy's homeschooling and our experience with it. Th ... Read on »
The Elephant in Room by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I did a little experiment this week. I commented on a story about Kelli Stapleton. For those who don't follow news, Kelli Stapleton attempted a murder-suicide of herself and ... Read on »
Empathy by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We have two new fur babies. Joey has been so excited about getting his very own cat, especially in the throes of still missing Luna. We finally brought them home. ... Read on »
Week One of the Big Changes: Success! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I have to say, one week in... well, half a week, since Joey started school on Wednesday, so that's also when Andy and I started official lessons... and so far, so awesome. ... Read on »
Big Changes by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Good news: Joey's school is officially licensed! He is set to start and is in the transition camp now! Can I get a "woo-hoo"? Joey is going to Stafford Academy , and we a ... Read on »
The Wild Ride by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It's been a weird summer. Remember back once upon a time when we were going spend our summer in Baltimore getting Joey all this wonderful help and therapy at Kennedy Krie ... Read on »
In Memoriam, Our Luna by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Our Luna. April 13, 1997-August 4, 2014. We love you, Lunie Tunie. Read on »
Who Knows Best by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum "Hey Mom!" Andy shouts from the door, "can I go with M to the pool?" He already has his swim stuff on. They are headed to the big public pool. Having a friend around the cor ... Read on »
Positive Reinforcement by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey has discovered Facebook. No, he doesn't have his own account, he isn't old enough for one. I haven't let him start a side page from my account, either. However, he has ... Read on »
Cracked by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I have advice for every sane person on the planet: never read the comments on news sites. Comment sections have becomes fuming bastions of ignorance, hate, and widespread ev ... Read on »
Please stand by by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I look over the charts, the data, the evals and explanations and IEPs, my son's life in black and white and red all over. I ponder how much of this information is accurate, ... Read on »
Living Joyously and Laughing Freely by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Happy anniversary to my love and my joy, Allan. Seventeen years in the blink of an eye. Love growing with you ! The world has been more limitless than we imag ... Read on »
Fractals by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It's Friday. The week has been one of those hard ones that make you really want to just hug the boys tight and let them know you love them, no matter what is ahead. There ha ... Read on »
Happy Birthday, Andy! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum When did he grow up so big?? Read on »
Just do this! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum There are some things in life that should be simple. Honestly, they should be simple, because once you are desperate enough to want to do them, you need them done, like, yes ... Read on »
Concerned Face by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We're on the roller-coaster again. I do a slow circle around the old school, where Joey went to preschool, where the social worker is. We haven't done a social history si ... Read on »