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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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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 »
On The Run by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum There are many challenging behaviors that can present in any person, but this week we have been keenly aware of one that Joey has been displaying for three years now: "elopi ... Read on »
Seven Years by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Yesterday was my Blogiversary. I've been blogging for seven years. I've seen a lot of excellent blogs come and go. I've tried some branching out, wishing for time I don' ... Read on »
Surfer's Healing by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum These folks need our help. These camps fill up so fast, you have to plan your day around the registration opening- and hope they open not one minute early, or you' ... Read on »
Where The Air Is Filled With Sandalwood by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I just finished filling out a pile of questionnaires, screening tools, and parent evals for Andy, I still find it difficult to grapple with ADHD and how it affects Andy. I t ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Yet Another Day by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Brother to Brother Hand in hand They wend down to the water Across the sand. I don't think there have ever been two brothers more loving of each other than Joey an ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 12 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Baseball park Joey jumps in Sound of laughter There's nothing quite like watching Joey on the baseball field. When we first started Challenger's Baseball , Joey knew ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 11 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Screaming, he bolts out Ugly words strike at my soul I have failed the test. I stand at the gate, watching, waiting. I know this is a waiting game. A hard, ugly, hea ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 10 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum He leaps onto the table "Mama Mia!" Dare they claim No imagination? Whenever I hear someone begin with, "people with autism..." to describe any one person with autism, ... Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 9 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Happy Birthday Boy We love you more than words tell Let us try kisses! Happy Birthday, Joey-Boy. You totally rock. Read on »
Autism Understanding: Day 8 by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Forehead to forehead I am lost in the blue depths "I love you, Mommy." Joey turns eleven tomorrow. No child develops the same as any other, nor consistently in ... Read on »
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 »