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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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Autism Understanding: Day 7 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Taking a walk, "Mommy! Daffodils! Hyacinths! See the birds flying home!" When you have a bumper sticker on the back of your car saying, "Yes! You can ask me about autis ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 6 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum He gives me a smile A picture-perfect giggle Twinkling eyes bright. What does autism look like? When people say, "but ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 5 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Conversation tried And tried and tried and tried and Why do they walk away? I think social thinking and social skills should be incorporated into the general curric ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 4 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum If you sit silent You can almost hear him think The world swirls through him. Joey has discovered our back yard. This is a very exciting thing. He has taken to getting ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 3 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I can hear him scream My heart shatters, my feet run Please help keep him safe. Spring break sucks. I love my sons, and I love having them home. I love having them ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day Two by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Potato chips are Duck food. Food for ducks. Duck FOOD. They will make YOU sick! Processing is something Joey often does "loud and proud." He repeats phrases and words, ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day One by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum He pads in to me Leans his head on my tummy Whispers, "I love you." The first thing you should know about my son is he is one of the most unique people I have ever ... Read on »
The Blues by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Autism Awareness Month is upon us, just on that far side of Easter. With comes the Light It Up Blue campaign, bringing awareness to anybody who is actually paying attention ... Read on »
Word Processing by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum "Ridicule. Say, 'ridicule.' Noun. To scorn or mock. To mock means 'to make fun of.'" Joey has discovered that the vocabulary-building program he uses at school has a we ... Read on »
The Meeting Before the Meeting About the Next Meeting by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Yep, you guessed it: IEP season is upon us. In fact, it has taken us by storm. And when I say "storm", I mean "seized by the throat and shaken vigorously in a tornado about ... Read on »
How It Is Supposed to Be by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This morning was Andy's annual IEP. I wasn't really dreading this one. Andy's got a rockin' team, and they know him and his needs well. We got a draft sent home to look over ... Read on »
At the Aquarium by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum While I toss and turn over's Andy's IEP in the morning, a glimpse of the fun days. Read on »
Nowhere to Go by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So you find yourself at an IEP meeting that you never really wanted to go to, having to say things that make your heart hurt, and trying to figure out what can be done to ke ... Read on »
Thank you! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A big THANKS to all my awesome Cafepress/Joeymom's Autism Awareness Bazaar customers. This last check paid for TWO therapy co-pays! You guys ROCK!!!! Read on »
Houdini Lives by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum He made it all the way to the parking lot this time. A guidance counselor, arriving late for work, caught him and escorted him back to his class. The para doesn't come until ... Read on »
Going In With Solutions, Part the Third by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I look down at the report card, then at the homework sheet. My brows are knit, so that my eyes are scrunched; it hurts. I stare at it. "Joey? Simplify five-fifteenths." ... Read on »
Go In With Solutions: Part 2 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Yes, it's February- and time to start thinking about Joey's IEP for next year. Ive been thinking about what I think Joey needs, listening to Joey and his difficulties, and c ... Read on »
The rows we hoe by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I have been reading a few new blogs lately- ones that caught my eye in hopping about looking at other folks' blogs, or Facebook comments, or Twitter feeds. Without the massi ... Read on »
Go In With Solutions by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum As you may remember, our last IEP meeting- which was supposed to produce a BIP- was... well, a disaster. I had requested to get the eval info ahead of time, but the school p ... Read on »
Snow Day by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Lookie! Snow! The boys were totally excited. I was totally unprepared. I can't find the bag of gloves anywhere. Joey wore my boots, because he doesn't have any. Bu ... Read on »