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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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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 »
We're BAAAAAAA-AAAACK! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Welcome back friends, followers, family, and fun-loving fantastics! Yes, I'm back, I have about five posts I could write right this second, and I may even get some time toge ... Read on »
Get Your Flu Shot. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I've been battling flu since Christmas Day. Not. Fun. See you on the other side. Read on »
Christmas Visions Past by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Pop Perrygo selling Christmas trees on Eastern Market, Washington, DC This was a small tree ... Read on »
Holiday Madness by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I loved Christmas. JoeyAndyDad used to tease me about starting up the holiday movies in August. I collect versions of A Christmas Carol. I spend hours making garlands of ... Read on »
A Different Path by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum When discussing function and progress with autism, one way people divide the autism community is by "verbal" and "non-verbal." This is one way to avoid the whole "high funct ... Read on »
This is Joey: This is our autism. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I fight hard against the fear people are taught. Have no fear- autism just is another way to be. And when we accept Joey and give him what he needs- the respect he needs, ju ... Read on »
Homework by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey has a lot of trouble producing language on his own. Like Mrs. Who , Joey's speech is mostly quoted from elsewhere. I think often people is just how much Joey relies on ... Read on »