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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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"Cure" by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum There's a funny word that bounces around the autism community: cure. Its a funny word, because people get very, very upset about it. There is a whole subculture of site ... Read on »
"No Siblings Allowed" by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum What is more annoying than people who say one thing, then act completely against those words, while claiming to be "holier than thou"? We had our quarterly Special Educ ... Read on »
***HAPPY DANCE*** by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I just got a full-time job teaching at our local community college! SO HAPPY!!!! So looking forward to getting caught up in therapy payments... I mean, teaching lots of s ... Read on »
12 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Today we ran up to my aunt and uncle's for a dip in the pool- Joey's request. Last night, that sweet little guy asked if he could "go swimming, go to beach, go swim with the ... Read on »
13 Secrets by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Part of the point of this blog is to help parents get away from the fear factor of having a child diagnosed with autism. So I would like to take this opportunity to point re ... Read on »
42 Strikes Again by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We arrive at Joey's OT, but the other child is a little late. To calm himself and fill the time, of course Joey decides to become Super Luigi, running about the office. In t ... Read on »
A Big Welcome: Hello, Doughnut! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum My mom has a new cat. He showed up at the house and just kept sitting on her porch, staring in. So one very cold night, she decided to let him in. And fed him. And that, my ... Read on »
A Birthday Celebration, Boy Style by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We started our Birthday Bash at our favorite of favorite places, Chuck E. Cheese! We went first thing, because it gets a little crowded on Saturdays. Joey even got a score ... Read on »
A Boy and his Bus by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey hasn't been feeling perfecty perfect over the weekend. Probably a little allergy, but he spent a lot of time just laying around. I did manage to get him out Saturday, t ... Read on »
A Chat with a Friend by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We were supposed to go to the pool on Friday, but everybody here was sick. :P Joey was really looking forward to it, too- we were going to see his friend, Charity. She's a d ... Read on »
A Chink In the Armor by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The world is coming to an end. Or more realistically, there is a tiny crack in one of the screens of the Nintendo DS. Joey found it this evening when Andy wanted to watc ... Read on »
A Chord Once Struck by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I remember That Meeting. We were in a preschool classroom, and the topic was ESY. We had covered for the school the year before by placing Joey basically in daycare, and ... Read on »
A Conversation by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So last night, I was talking with Grandma on the phone, and Joey wanted to talk to her ("Grandma!") so we handed him the phone- and he actually had a conversation with her! ... Read on »
A Day Against Disabilism by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Every day I am amazed by the rampant disabilism in special education. Here is an education system that is supposed to be designed to help, to support, to give these kids a c ... Read on »
A Day at the Doctor's by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Some folks go to spas to get away from the kids. I hear cruises are nice breaks. Maybe an afternoon at the beach. Not me. I go to the cardiologist. We checked out the P ... Read on »
A Day at The Fair by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We had a lovely day at the fair. Last year this week, we had been sick as the proverbial dogs after our beach vacation*; but this year, despite my own headcold, we were dete ... Read on »
A Day Home by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey was pretty sick yesterday. About 6am, he started throwing up- but since he hadn't eaten much, it was clear. He felt better enough to get dressed, but then I found him s ... Read on »