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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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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 »
Take a Break by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Outside, it is icy cold, but pouring rain. Joey is snuggled tight against me, we are signing to Signing Time together. He is home because first he had a cough, and the day h ... Read on »
Social Skills Aren't Just About Doing It Right by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Our private social skills "group" has hit a snag. I put the "group" in quotes, because until next week, it is only two kids- Joey and "Buddy." Next week, an old friend retur ... Read on »
Call a lawyer by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I've been in this special ed gig for 8 years now. I've gone to good meetings, nasty meetings, confusing meetings. I've spent weeks putting together presentations, binders, h ... Read on »
Just the Truth: When Life's Journey is Unexpected by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum There is an article bouncing around social interwebs which claims to take a bald-faced look at the "truth" of having a child with autism. That "truth," according to the arti ... Read on »
Stampeding into a New Year by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Goodbye, 2012. See ya. Don't let the door smack you on the behind. Seriously, we've had worse years. And we've had better. But altogether, we seem to be holding on tight ... Read on »
Tangled Emotions by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum On Facebook, the prompt is now, "What's on your mind?" As I sit here, staring at what the school is telling me is a behavior plan, but which says nothing about what anyo ... Read on »
No, That Didn't Go Well. by Joeymom Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Today's IEP meeting featured the FBA. Yeah, acronyms suck. So did the meeting. When we set up this meeting, I was unhappy about the idea that we were getting together at ... Read on »