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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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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 »
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 »