Category Archives: Autism

Elevator speech

An elevator speech can be a really useful tool to have in your arsenal. I have several, depending on the situation, but I thought I would share just this one with you, dear readers, in the hopes it will give you some ammo when trying to get through the day. What is an elevator speech, you ask? It is a quick, couple of sentences speech that explains something complicated in a simple way in about the time an elevator ride

Get relief from stress

Sometimes I feel like if I have to read one more article about autism, I am going to just explode. One more huge meltdown and I am through- I’m going to throw in the towel, get in the car and just drive to some remote town, change my name to Gladys, and become the small town waitress in the diner with the mysterious past. I would never have to deal with anything more complicated than whether or not table 6


or how a spoonful of courtesy and common sense would do us all a boatload of good. Every once in a while I get on the blogs and start reading about other people’s journey through autism with their family. It is interesting, but usually baffling to me how much venom and energy is wasted on these forums discussing controversy and ideology. I can’t get on board with any of it- I can’t stand the holier than thou neurodiversity people who

Autism Sucks!

One night I was sitting at my computer, utterly exhausted and crying. It had been a long day with autism at our house. She was finally asleep, and I was doing what a lot of us do, frantically searching the Internet for anything that would shed some light on what on earth we were supposed to do to help this child. Grasping at straws. After a few hours of turning up nothing, I typed Autism sucks into the search engine

Low Oxalate Diet

I was asked on one of the forums to discuss our experiences with the Low Oxalate Diet (LOD) – and thought I would post them here as well. I have to start with a disclaimer that we don’t fully follow the low oxalate diet… When we were last at our DAN Dr. (Dr. Bradstreet in FL), he recommended cutting back on our oxalate consumption – challenging us to cut our intake in half. His common sense advise was to cut

Supplement Costs

As we were refreshing our budget for this year, I tallied up our monthly supplement costs, so I could try and work it in. Here’s what we are currently giving her: Dorthy’s Meds $/mo Oxytocin $50 Glutithione $80 Seratonin $120 Singular $10 selenium $3 Multiple Mineral $16 Krill $20 charcoal $5 digest right $30 Cal-mag $20 melatonin $5 Super-Nu $17 $376 Now, that is a good chunk of change for us – over the holidays, we were watching TV at