Understanding the Why

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This morning around 11AM, Olin decided to ride his little red wagon through the busiest intersection in Allamakee County. Tim says he heard a knock on the door, assumed it was one of the kids (who were all playing outside), …

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The Hunger Games

Childhood insatiable hunger is a common symptom of Microdeletion 16p11.2. In our house, it is one of the most difficult to deal with. Before Olin was diagnosed with ADHD and started taking medication for it, he was hungry all the …

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There He Goes Again

Last December, we moved to town after several years in the countryside. Starting in the springtime, Olin would disappear from our yard, sometimes several times a day. He didn’t answer or return when we called, so I frequently found myself …

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Juicervose, Choo Choo, and Interpreting Autism

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When I was driving home last Sunday afternoon, I turned on WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio) to keep myself awake on a boring, tired drive. Unexpectedly, I was plunged into a very familiar, closed, intimate world: the world of autism. The …

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Child with Autism on Board

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This afternoon, my husband and I rallied the troops and invited Lance, who was home for the weekend, for a trip to the indoor pool in Prairie du Chien, WI, about a 40 minute drive. This indoor pool is our …

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Autism and Me (The Sibling)

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For approximately five years, there have been various support personnel in my sphere – from DHS home visitors to medical doctors – who have asked me if I had any questions or needed any information. The one thing that I …

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Autism Joins the Party

Olin has a whole slew of fun diagnoses, most (but not all) attributed to his chromosomal anomaly. He was diagnosed with ADHD-Inattentive Type last winter, he has the global developmental delays that we knew about, but in his case it …

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