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Karen W.

California
I am a writer, wife, mother and advocate of three African American boys, 2 of whom happen to have Aspergers. My two Asperger sons are in their adolescent years at ages 12 and 15. My writing is a therapeutic release and an opportunity to look at our family challenges, with humor and grace. It... Full Bio
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Pimp Slapped by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I woke up this morning thinking, Wow! I thought the worst part was over. We made it through middle school. We made it through high school.  It was torture for him.  It was ... Read on »
Today this happened... by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum "Oh crap!" I thought to myself when I got the phone call. When there is even the possibility of ice on the ground the world stops in Austin. Today was a 2 hour delay bec ... Read on »
Blue 16 by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Dear Blue, Sixteen years ago your unique, little soul came into my life. You were an easy, breezy baby. Curious by nature and naturally independent. You started try ... Read on »
I Got This by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum He didn't come home on the bus. He didn't call to say he was staying after school. He was just a no show. When I called to find out where he was he said, "I'm sorry. I ... Read on »
Hours by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Guest post by Angie Craft I don't regret any of my youthfulindiscretions and adventures and heartbreaksthat occurred before the age of 36, when my husband and son ... Read on »
Check Please! by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Once upon a time, I could never imagine what happened yesterday. Blue started out like many with autism being a very, anxious, picky eater. So picky in fact, it was di ... Read on »
Versions of the Truth by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It’s been the best of times. It’s been the worst of times within my four walls lately. I’ve written about much of it here on this blog. I stress that I have written mu ... Read on »
If You Were My Boyfriend by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This is an abusive relationship  Autism explains the anger  fearanxiety explosivenessdepressionyour special flavor of rudeness with sprinkles on top You’ve been bulliedL ... Read on »
Nothing Going On but the Rent by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The road to  adulthood is long and hard.  The transition to middle school was not easy, but we made it. High school was pretty god-awful.  We've had a transition to ad ... Read on »
Behavior is Communication by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Every single day I spend quiet moments thinking about my children --trying to understand them.  I want explanations for their behaviors.  What are they trying to tell me b ... Read on »
Perspective by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum "Be kind, for everyone you meet, is fighting a hard battle." -Plato  One thing that having these special children has taught me is to always stop and think about th ... Read on »
The Case of the Stolen Bacon by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum *Warning there is some pretty descriptive, colorful language in this post. If you're easily offended, move on. Lately, in the afternoons when Red is about to come home ... Read on »
No Thanks Giving by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The next time I spend a holiday with Red will be at his house, with his wife and children. I will sit there and whine and complain about how boring everything is, how disg ... Read on »
Ferociously Facebooking by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Why do I blog  and Facebook  so ferociously? I am desperately trying to understand and be understood. I'm connecting with people who get me, and I get them.  I feel their ... Read on »
Trapped by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Last night I heard myself say the words out loud. "I do it because I'm trapped, not because I enjoy it."  Wow! What an awful truth to hear coming out of your own mouth. ... Read on »
Aspergers at a Party by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This weekend we took Aspergers to a party and we really had fun! Pretty flowers from the party I realized last night, that the majority of my blog po ... Read on »
"You Have No Power Here" by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This morning I am publishing part of the little love note that Elizabeth Gilbert wrote on her Facebook page today (9/11/2014). Though Liz is not a mother, I think that ... Read on »
Frustrated by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I feel like I'm swimming upstream, against the current, all alone.  Everyone, in this house, including the person I am trying to help seems like they're working against me ... Read on »
Mama's Boy by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The fact that I have help create a real mama's boy has been slapping me in the face lately.  I own my part in the equation.  He's my firstborn.  He didn't come with a manu ... Read on »
Dear Elizabeth Gilbert by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Dear Liz, (Yes. I'll call you Liz if you don't mind. After all, you are one of my dear friends) On Sunday morning, I woke up and grabbed my phone from my bedside tab ... Read on »