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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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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 »
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 »