adhd Category

Always an Advocate

(I got your back, baby girl) Not too long ago I was on hold with Delta Airlines, trying to convince them that my daughter and I needed to be seated together on an upcoming flight to visit my family in Ohio. I had purchased the tickets online, after being told that I could select two […]

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“Mommy, do I have AUTISM?”

(My Girl) When Arizona was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and “autistic-like” behaviors in Spring of 2009, I didn’t quite know how to tell people what was going on with her. Because it wasn’t initially a definitive autism diagnosis (a fact that I felt proud about, to be honest), I had a hard time explaining […]

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A Snapshot : Fall 2016

(A sushi date with Arizona) I often get asked, when people haven’t seen Arizona for awhile or they’ve just learned about her special needs journey, “So, how is she doing now?” I always answer that she is amazing and doing well, because that’s mostly how I feel. But what does a typical day look like […]

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ADHD : A Daily Routine

(My Energetic Girl during Jogathon last Spring) Because attention and focus issues are usually fun “side dishes” to children with Autism, it wasn’t too surprising when Arizona received a formal ADHD diagnosis a few years ago at the age of 6. It can be a misnomer, though, this ADHD label. Many people assume my child […]

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Feeling Funky

(Not every day is SUNNY, sometimes it rains) I recently read an article that touched me so deeply, I was inspired to write a post about what it brought up for me. My sister texted the link to me the other day, along with the note : this article – i was bawling. it is so good. […]

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The Holidays & Anxiety

(Our tree this year) Arizona loves Christmas and looks forward to presents from Santa (yes, she still believes)! But presents are an interesting thing. Last year, for example, Arizona opened a package to find a stuffed Pokemon character inside. She wasn’t expecting it and couldn’t figure out how to process her feelings about it. Since then, […]

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A is for Arizona

(Me and My Girl in Rhode Island, Summer 2012) I’m working on my first book. I actually came up with the title and premise of the book a few years ago, in the middle of an acupuncture session as I was trying to rid my body of stress and anxiety. The title, “A is for […]

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