The only consistent thing about life is that it always changes. Nine months ago, I posted an update about how well my son has been going to school. Now, it feels like we're right back to preschool. Regressions are a hallmark of autism. Anything can bring them on. A growth spurt, a physical ailment, a … Continue reading Check In
Such a Good Dad
Today I want to share a story from six years ago. Life was pretty chaotic back then. We had an infant, a hyperactive 3-year-old with a shiny new autism diagnosis, and my husband was in school on top of working full-time. I had given up my job to become a full-time mom/therapist/administrator/advocate/taxi driver for the … Continue reading Such a Good Dad
Kraft Dinner in a Taco Shell (and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Cook)
Feeding kids is hard! Your child doesn't have to have a diagnosis for that to be true. As children grow, their nutrition needs, sensory needs, and need for independence all shift and change continuously. No gathering of moms would be complete without someone sharing a feeding struggle.
What Are Feeding Disorders?
A Feeding Disorder is different from an Eating Disorder, and also different from picky eating. It is common for individuals with special needs to have a Feeding Disorder on top of their primary diagnosis, and a little awareness can go a long way when you are interacting with these individuals and their families.
It's my birthday week! As is my tradition, I have given myself the week off writing, however I have been roasting myself and the rest of the geriatric millennials all week long on Instagram, so feel free to pop over there for some laughs. You can find me @ashleylilleyblog. While I've mostly been sharing memes … Continue reading Birthday Roast
5 (More) Reasons Why Anne of Green Gables is Neurodivergent
I recently wrote a post called 15 Reasons Why Anne of Green Gables is Neurodivergent. I wrote it for fun one day after rereading the first few Anne of Green Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery. As a special needs parent, I found so many parallels between Anne and my own children, as well as … Continue reading 5 (More) Reasons Why Anne of Green Gables is Neurodivergent
That’s Not My Black SUV
I have another literature related post for you today. It's my first ever published work of fiction! *cheer* *applause* I'm SO happy! This tale took me fives of minutes to put together. It's inspired by true events and is told in the classic, immortal style of an Usborne touchy-feely book. Celebrate my fiction debut with me!
Suicide Education for Christians
Content Warning: Depression & Suicide If you know me personally, you know that I have struggled with mental health issues for decades. I don't keep that a secret. In fact, I announce it, I slip it into conversations, and I'd scream it from rooftops if I weren't so afraid of heights. I believe with all … Continue reading Suicide Education for Christians
15 Reasons Why Anne of Green Gables is Neurodivergent
Specifically, I believe she would be diagnosed with ADHD if she were alive today (and, you know, not fictional). Sit back and smile with me as I give you some examples.
Books About Autism: Parent Memoirs
Here is the second installment of my "Books About Autism" series. Today's books are parent memoires. They are all written by parents of autistic children; describing their parenting journey and the emotional ups and downs that come along with it.