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Advice Column

No Eye Contact Needed on Facebook

September 28, 2014

 Eye Contact & Autism   How do I socialize?  The easy way is to ignore it, and go on lonely and not knowing why.  I wanted human contact in short doses, usually with my neighbors, so I could feel like I belonged, but their social skills easily surpassed my own with seemingly no effort.  I [...]

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To the Mothers of Autistic Children–Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2012

I can credit my mother for so much of who I am today.  Many of us can say that, but my mom is the mother of an autistic person at a time when there were no diagnoses for autism other than Kanner’s autism, and there were no treatments.  Mum treated me by being her and [...]

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Autism and Visiting: My seeeester is coming for Eaaaaster!

April 5, 2012

My sister started calling me “seester” years ago, and it stuck. Anyway, sister and clan are coming from Canada for Easter and to get a grad dress for her boyfriend’s daughter…wasn’t the daughter 12 the other day? So, she will be making the trek to Canadian shopping Mecca–Mall of America, or “MOA” as it is [...]

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Join in Autism Community Conversations with Eileen Parker–that’s me.

November 12, 2011

I had an idea. Parents ask me questions, which I don’t mind at all. Some call out of the blue and others during conversations while they have questions about choosing a weighted blanket. Some of them spark new blog posts, and the rest live with me. So, I decided to start regular conference calls named [...]

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