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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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Walking: Autism Society Acceptance Walk by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum All of us at Joey's Stage Door Stars art show last year. Today is the day!  There had been hullabaloo about where to put your money to show support for ... Read on »
In the Grips by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I've been having a lot of anxiety attacks, depression attacks, and general upset lately. I'll tell you all about it when things start to smooth out again, but the details ar ... Read on »
Walking for the Community by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This year, we will be a team at the Autism Acceptance Walk on April 27. The Walk is an event to support the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, and to raise money for ... Read on »
Twelve Years by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOEY-BOY!!!! Read on »
Preparations by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Tomorrow is going to be a big day. I have some friends coming to help me throw a bunch of stuff in tubs, and haul it to storage. My basement is full, I have a guest room ... Read on »
The Logistics of Hope by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It's been a bit of a tangled web of a week. On Monday, Joey had a meltdown over a test. He bolted from the classroom, and was finally caught just before he hit the school ... Read on »
Shine On by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Thank you, Jill Smo. Honoring the memories of those lost, and sending hugs and prayers to their families. Our families. Joey has completely escaped h ... Read on »
Drama Llama on T-shirt near you! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum New at the Joeymom Autism Awareness Bazaar! Just say no to the Drama Llama! And today's llama forecast. Read on »
IEP Time: The Key by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey's IEP meeting is this week. The purpose of the meeting is to determine his goals for the next year, but I think it will only be the first of at least two meetings, sinc ... Read on »
It's Not OK. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I have been following several stories online about kids being brutally bullied for liking characters and shows considered "not appropriate" for their age and gender. Current ... Read on »
Skyriding by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It's been a very long time. When the boys were smaller, I would regularly take them on adventures. In fact, every good weather weekend was time to be out and about, anyth ... Read on »
Swords in the Hand by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It's a meltdown. What was the trigger? I can't be sure now. But the words that come from my child's lips are not his own. They are horrible, ugly, painful. He's been work ... Read on »
One Step At A Time by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Letting Joey out of my sight right now is like watching a child take a plunge off the diving board for the first time. You know they can do it. You've seen them swim, there ... Read on »
Dysgraphic by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I sat with Andy on the couch, the two of us; Joey tapping at his computer looking up moon phases. We had just finished another Encyclopedia Brown mystery; he had read most i ... Read on »
Unconditional by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I've spent the last few months watching people get torn up and verbally masticated over the very complex notion of friendship. What is it? What does it mean? When you love s ... Read on »
Report Cards Can Go Suck It. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Yep, its Report Card Day here in JoeyWorld. Joey's came home Friday, but I didn't get to look at it until this morning. Andy's will be here this afternoon. I'll keep you pos ... Read on »
Shadow by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Spring is coming. For most folks, that means crocus, daffodils, and colored eggs. You know, baby chicks and new veggies and cherry blossoms. For us, it means the next ... Read on »
One of the Tribe by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Soccer practice can be chilly and long. We had arrived at the field, and Andy was in one of his I-haven't-had-enough-food-and-am-out-of-fuel moods. Joey was edgy, knowing he ... Read on »
Three Sentences by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We have a reading problem here. For Andy, with his vision screwed up for so long and other processing issues, reading takes an incredible amount of energy. He loves books- b ... Read on »