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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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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 »
Down By The Corner by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I sit on the porch, trying to remain calm, my eyes following every movement of the bright orange shirt as he moves down the walk. He sings, "ding! ding! ding!" as he looks b ... Read on »
It's the Small Things by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Morning routine. I rouse the Boy, who turns and blinks at me with that sleepy-head look, then grins a little. "Time to get up, little man," I say as cheerfully as I can, wi ... Read on »
The Right Words by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Self-deprecation rears its ugly head around here, whenever things aren't going the way Joey wants them. It has become his go-to echo-script whenever he is feeling bossed aro ... Read on »
Bare Necessities by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey had a hard day. We started with me running some advil over to him for a (highly unusual) headache at school. He got better, there were reports of unusual behavior- O ... Read on »
No Excuses: Part Three by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Yes, I have something else to say in this matter. And it is a matter that comes up way too often. To be clear and honest, having it come up even once is "way too often." For ... Read on »
No Excuses: Part Two by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Back in June, I wrote my manifesto on the role of a parent, and a child's right to live. Now we need to take a look at another facet of the problem. That is the common c ... Read on »
Bad blogger. No doughnut. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I know, i have been totally remiss in blogging. We've been a little busy here, doing this And this And this And this And, well, this And ... Read on »
Hark, To the Store! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey was up and ready, JoeyAndyDad and Andy were not, so I decided to take Joey with me to the grocery store this morning. Impromptu adventure awaited! Working on life skill ... Read on »
All To Himself by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Andy spent the night at Grandma's. Mostly because he loves being at Grandma's/ Partly so he could avoid cleaning his room. But you know how that goes. No, I didn't touch it. ... Read on »
The Spirit of Adventure by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A very dear and respected friend wrote to me this week, and ended his letter with an invitation to join him in India. He is getting older, and I worry that each visit he mak ... 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 »