How Blame and Worry Can Undermine Your Life: From the moment my son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS(Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), I started with the "what ifs". For me, the questions were all about treatments. What if I was missing t ..
My brother never went to the prom. He never had a high school graduation. Since my brother Phillip is profoundly autistic and has never spoken, none of these personal milestones were expected of him. My parents and I found our own ways to celebrate Phillip’s achievements and his life. But the events that normative families are routinely immersed in (and frequently upended by) - proms, holiday dances, art shows, team sports, field trips, graduations, etc., are rituals that can and should highlight our s ..