Why I Support St. Jude Children’s Hospital

In 2014, I’m supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a Telethon VIP. That means I’ll be answering phones in Bloomington, IL during the August 2 WEEK-TV telethon. For an hour. I’m one of thousands of people in my community who will get involved again this year to support operations at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN and its […]

Year One Living with an Autism Diagnosis

It’s been a year since our son’s PDD-NOS diagnosis. PDD-NOS is the easier-to-remember abbreviation for Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. It’s also called Atypical Autism (even easier to remember). Since his diagnosis at age 9 (read our story about his diagnosis), things have changed. A lot.

The Realities and Blessings of an Autism Diagnosis

Fourteen adults sit in small grade school chairs around a rudimentary table. We are here to discuss the results of an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). One-by-one, educational and social work experts provide commentary on, observations about, and test scores for a nine-year old boy. The meeting lasts two hours. About half way in, the […]

April is Autism Awareness Month

You love your kids, so you know how to love a child with autism. Be aware of the signs and learn more at autismspeaks.org. In this Autism Speaks Ad Council Awareness PSA, designer Tommy Hilfiger shares his family story. What’s your story? Hug your kids and thank God for them.