No More Candy for This One?

Posted by Hallee on Jun 30, 2014 in Autism, Parenting

Dear world: It isn’t misbehaving. It isn’t hyperactivity. It isn’t too much candy. Or too much soda. Or too little discipline.

It’s called coping.

It’s called an autistic brain coping with this incompatible world the best way that it can.

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10,000 Toddlers on Ritalin??

Posted by Hallee on May 27, 2014 in Parenting

I came across an article this weekend that suggested that nearly 10,000 toddlers are on medication for ADHD.


Here is the quote from the article in the New York Times:


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Today’s Meltdown Brought to You By…

Posted by Hallee on May 2, 2014 in Autism, Parenting, Raising boys

All week long, I’ve prepared Scott for the inevitable fact that he will wear a shirt and tie to school today. All week long he’s informed me that he will NOT wear a shirt and tie to school today.

This morning, I allowed 15 extra minutes and got out the clothes from which I would allow him to choose and he melted down. Clothes went everywhere. Tears fell. Beds were kicked. Pillows thrown. Choices given.


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The “A” Word

Posted by Hallee on Jan 31, 2014 in Autism, Parenting, Raising boys

Yesterday, on my main Facebook and on my Hallee the Homemaker Facebook, I posted this:

Ode to the mother of the autistic child who’s had every schedule in his life obliterated by the Christmas holiday and a continuous succession of snow days…


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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 4

Posted by Hallee on Nov 4, 2013 in Christian Faith, Parenting, Raising boys

At 7, Scott is our middle child. He is also our miracle.

Born at 30 weeks, weighing in at 3 lbs. 5 oz., Scott is a testimony of God’s amazing grace, and the power of prayer. There should be a dozen things wrong with him, from poor eyesight to breathing issues. As it is, he is perfectly and wonderfully healthy as any 7-year-old boy out there.


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Something Different

Posted by Hallee on May 24, 2012 in Parenting, Raising boys

Sometimes, my heart feels a little broken. I wish I knew what else to call it. Sometimes, I look at my oldest son, Scott, and struggle with an overwhelming emotion that borders on heartache.


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Seeing the Negative Space

Posted by Hallee on Oct 27, 2011 in Parenting

Our son Scott is a remarkable boy. He remembers everything, and makes correlations and comparisons in things you wouldn’t think a 5-year-old could possibly understand. He is extremely loving and needs to touch constantly, sitting in your lap or touching your face when he’s talking to you. He is an absolute joy and a miracle from God, surviving being born 10 weeks early, weighing just 3 lbs. 5 oz. at birth, but thriving despite all of his odds.

But, there is something outside of the realm of “normal” about him.

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