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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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Summer by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Here we are, knee-deep into it, and where have the posts been? It is getting harder to decide what to post. This has been a bit of a crazy summer, and jam-packed with boy ad ... Read on »
Year One, Done. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Our first year at our new school is complete. Joey finished seventh grade. It was an emotional ceremony, as the students thanked their teachers, therapists, and princi ... Read on »
18 Years by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Still going strong. Read on »
Luminaria by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey has a lot of difficulty processing the whole idea of death. Already a tough subject for young people, this can be extremely daunting for Joey in understanding that life ... Read on »
Climbing the Ivy by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Want to hear something else funny? That dress was a size 18. I had difficulty finding it, because walking into a store and finding clothes in a size 18 was almost unheard- ... Read on »
Happy Blogiversary to Me! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Well, 9 years ago today, Life With Joey was presented to the world. How far have we come? Nine years ago, Joey was four years old. He had about 30 words he could ... Read on »
So Literal. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Overheard at Grandma's Grandma: Joey, want to come help me get ready to dye eggs? Joey (concerned): You're going to kill eggs?? Sometimes we need those reminders that ... Read on »
Welcome to April by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I know, I haven't been here in a while. We've been on a roller-coaster ride. Some was expected. Some wasn't. Puberty is upon us. No one seems to know what to do to help h ... Read on »
Shades of Grey by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum "You're driving too fast, Mom. The speed limit is 45. You are going 52. Speed limits are made to keep us safe." Joey has hit the age when he realizes that driving is cool ... Read on »
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Sending you all hugs and great thoughts, and hopes for a fabulous year ahead! Read on »
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 »