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Big Transitions: My Top 5 Tips

(A Big Change) A few months ago, the adult decision was made to sell our home. Brian (former husband, confidante + co-parent) and I made this decision together. At the forefront of our decision making was: what would be best for our family, and especially for our 12 year old daughter, Arizona. Here’s a fact: […]

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Giving Back: A Cheerful Helpers Event

  (Cheerful Helpers Alumni Association Presents: A Read-a-Long / Sing-A-Long!) I know I talk about Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center, A LOT. Perhaps it’s because we are still super involved with the school even though Arizona graduated 4 years ago. Maybe it’s because I still feel so supported by the community, and that […]

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Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center: An Alumni Tribute

(A visit to Cheerful Helpers Child & Study Center post-graduation) Every November, a group of alumni parents (and some older adult students who graduated years ago) come together for an “Alumni Night” with the current student families and staff. Alumni families have an opportunity to speak about their experiences at Cheerful Helpers and beyond; giving […]

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Autism Speaks : Into The Blue

(Me & Arizona, dressed in blue for Autism Speaks) There were a lot of firsts for Arizona this past Saturday night as she participated in the opening of the Autism Speaks annual gala held at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. I was reveling in that culminating moment, reflecting on just how far my 11 […]

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The Good Doctor

Shaun Murphy has a pet bunny as a young boy. It serves as an emotional support to him; he holds it tight and cuddles with it when he is having big feelings. Then, there is an accident. The bunny doesn’t survive, and Shaun is left wondering how he could have fixed his broken beloved. So […]

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ATYPICAL

(Now streaming on Netflix) I’m often skeptical when I hear about tv and film projects that include the characterization of an individual with special needs. Certainly, it’s more prevalent these days, to include a character who’s either a little “off” or even clearly identified as being on the autism spectrum. But when hearing about an […]

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World Autism Awareness DAY

(My Heart : Arizona Ray Lovell) Raising Arizona has been both my biggest challenge and joy in this life. But, in navigating through the worry and heartbreak of raising a special needs child, I have found my own true calling : helping other parents find and realize joy and passion in their own lives. And, […]

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Social Thinking

  (Having fun with my girl) I am a social butterfly. I love talking to and being around people, all kinds. I can connect with anyone and everyone, regardless of where they grew up or how they grew up or what they look like. I consider it to be one of my most valuable assets. […]

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