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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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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 »
Assumptions and the Point of View by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I live in a world where we question and challenge basic assumptions all around us, every day, simply by existing. We challenge what people think it means to be human, to be ... Read on »
Good Signs by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We returned to speech therapy today after a three-week hiatus. Last day of school was a half day, then Joey had two weeks of camp that interfered, and there was no day to do ... Read on »
Overrun by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I have some new lilies for my garden. My awesome mom bought them for me- an array of rebloomers, the shorter kind so I can use them as borders. The box came, and I managed t ... Read on »
The Sovereign Child and The Change of Plans by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Joey was awesome last week in his Production Camp with Stage Door Stars . He rocked it, they rocked it, the week was awesome and the play was fabulous. He was Baloo the Bear ... Read on »
Finding the right words by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We walk together up to the school, Andy running circles (literally) around us. He is all grins and giggles, excited to be starting his drama camp, one of his favorite weeks ... Read on »
No Excuses by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum People love Joey. He's a sweet, loving, adorable child. He has a big smile and a big laugh and a way of letting you know the world is awesome. He wants to know you and accep ... Read on »
Starting the Day The Non-Verbal Way by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I got a big reminder today of something that had been faded into the background for a few years for us. A big reminder of something that should always be remembered. Tod ... Read on »
A Different Road by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I applied for a full-time gig this week, the position my college opened up was an awesome full-time prof position, closed, and now has re-opened as a full-time teaching slog ... Read on »
On Sixteen Years by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I've been married 16 years today. I've learned some things in 16 years. Split the load. One cooks, the other cleans. One does the laundry, the other scrubs t ... Read on »
Happy Birthday, Andy!!! by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum To my little man, the best son and best brother on the planet. We love you. Read on »
For Mikaela, Owen, and their families... from ours. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We lost two beautiful lives this week. Mikaela was lost in California, Owen in Florida, and both to the nightmare we have discovered for our own family: eloping. And t ... Read on »
Having failed miserably by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The meeting about Joey's suspension just didn't really go well. Our principal is very nice, and I think generally, he is a very good school principal. However, I don't think ... Read on »