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The Autism Diagnosis

The Autism Diagnosis

I will often read or hear that when your child receives an autism diagnosis it is like being punched in the stomach. All the air leaves your lungs, you can’t take a breath, your vision tunnels and you break out in a cold sweat. Truth be told, when Declan was officially diagnosed, it was nothing like that for us. You see, by the time Declan was medically considered on the spectrum, we had been receiving pretty intensive intervention for some…

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Autism And Shoes

Autism And Shoes

Declan didn’t used to be too particular about his clothes and shoes. With clothing, he still isn’t. Luckily he has a Mom who is very fashionable and runs a children’s consignment business so he’ll never have to worry about comfortable clothing that also looks fantastic. (Neither will I, which I appreciate.) Declan’s Autism And Shoes The exception to Declan’s willingness to be a four year old fashion icon is when it comes to his shoes. He’ll wear short sleeve shirts,…

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Santa Knew

Santa Knew

What’s cuter than getting your child’s picture taken with Santa and having it be a smiling, happy, magical moment? Getting your child’s picture taken with Santa and having it be terrifying and filled with screams and tears. I’ve always loved both versions of Santa pictures. They’ve both got their merits and they’re both endearing. I’m sure Santa gets it, he sees each scenario regularly. Santa Helped Us With Autism Christmas season, 2014, Christa and I decided to take Declan to…

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To My Boys

To My Boys

To my boys: It’s December. When I was a little boy I remember December being absolutely magical as it’s the month that houses both Christmas and my birthday. I recall the days leading up to the festivities, being excited and feeling the building anticipation. The snow on the ground, the Christmas decorations and potential school closings would add to the sense of wonder that surrounded the whole season. “Would I get to shovel snow in the morning?” That was seriously…

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What Is It Like Having An Autistic Child?

What Is It Like Having An Autistic Child?

Certain questions are posed to me from time to time along the lines of “What is it like having an autistic child?” What is the most difficult part of having an autistic child? What are Declan’s biggest challenges? Your biggest challenges? Your family’s biggest challenges? What My Autistic Child Is Like To be perfectly honest, I love getting these questions. Autism presents itself in so many different forms and often times it’s simply not recognizable from one person to the…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Today was Thanksgiving. For many, that means family gatherings with more people than normal, more noise than normal and everything is more crowded and tense than normal. There’s lots of food and smells that are perhaps not there every day. Today, for many people, as wonderful as it can be, can also be quite stressful. This can be especially so in the autism world. Last Thanksgiving Declan has never done well in crowds or in unfamiliar, confined spaces. If you…

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Welcome To Stacking Blocks

Welcome To Stacking Blocks

Hello, and welcome to Stacking Blocks. My name is Joel. My wife, Christa and I have two sons – Declan and Silas. Declan is autistic. Silas is neurotypical. As of writing this, Declan recently turned four years old and Silas turned two. Autism has been a part of our life for over two-and-a-half years at this point and is our normal. Our Life Our days consist of lots of things that most families’ days are made up of: waking up,…

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