Peter’s Award!

Academic Letter

Peter received an academic letter for having a GPA of 4.0 or higher during his freshman year!

We are so proud of him!



Studies Show Zinc-Copper Rhythmicity and Zinc Levels May Play a Role

A study released in Science Advances shows that baby teeth can show the relationship between copper and zinc— levels present both in-utero and post-natally—can be a predictor in diagnosing autism.

According to study authors, “Using novel tooth-matrix biomarkers that provide direct measures of fetal elemental uptake, we developed a predictive model to distinguish participants who would be diagnosed with ASD in childhood from those who did not develop the disorder.”

The study authors used laser ablation to take 152 samples from each tooth. Children while in utero and in the early months of life, add a new layer to their baby teeth before they erupt. Researchers found that using these samples, they could predict with 90% accuracy which children would later develop autism.

Earlier studies such as one from Australia that links zinc deficiency to communications issues in brain cells. Children with autism frequently have zinc deficiencies. Now researchers must determine if zinc supplementation will help and if so, at what levels. Too much zinc can be toxic.


Whoo-hoo! New Kindle, Here I Come!

I was cleaning the desk in the house (the same desk my dad and I custom-built so I could write comfortably but that I currently don’t use because Peter broke the chair) and found the paperwork for a warranty I purchased for my Kindle. I had completely forgotten that I had bought a warranty! How I could forget that I bought one is beyond me right now–after having had two Kindles broken and replaced, you would think it would be automatic to buy a warranty.

But I have one and I can get a new Kindle (or at least a suitably appropriate replacement)!

Career Goals?

My kids are too young to have serious career goals. Gabrielle is close–she is thinking about teaching special needs children (not surprising).

Nathan, who is now nine, is all over the map.

I have often said that if Peter wants to be a bag boy at the grocery store, I will support him 100 percent. But I am hoping he will get the opportunity to do more.

Today, I asked him what he wants to be when he grows up. I made suggestions such as doctor, lawyer, scientist, teacher and then I asked, half in jest, if he wants to be a game tester. What does he say? Game tester. Not at all surprised. Given half a chance, he would spend all day playing games, videos or songs on the computer, iPhone or Kindle.

An Interesting Summer

Oh, Boy. Just when you think you have a handle on all things autism, you discover the joys of parenting a pre-teen with autism.


Let’s just say, I’m glad my older son is only 10 and keeps his underwear on even in the house. Let’s also note that he will not stay 10 forever 😦

I’ll post more about this later but I can foresee an interesting number of events during Peter’s teen years.

I’m Gonna Write a Book!

Seriously. I am.

I keep saying this but, this year, I am going to sit down over the summer and work on a book. Chapter titles include:

Peter, Get the Pencil Out of the Apple

It’s a Phone, Not a Gaming System

Nathan, Where are Your Glasses?

You Guys are not Old Enough for Such Smelly Feet!

Peter, You do not Wipe Poop on Your Belly!

Oh, No! My Coat, My Jacket, My Phone, etc.! (Pick One)

And other wonderful titles. You get the picture. My hope is that other parents will take heart from my crazy stories. We all have them. Most of the time, the stories become funny over time but it helps to know what others have been through. I tell you, most days are great and funny–some days, not so much.  😛


I managed to lock myself out of this account and have been unsuccessful in breaking in until tonight. Argh!! How frustrating! There has been so much to write about and not having the ability to talk about some of the new developments with the boys has been difficult.

Peter is still speaking on the level of a 1 1/2 or 2 year old–well, that description is probably too simple and unfair to Peter.

He is speaking more and using complete sentences with adjectives and prepositional phrases. But he doesn’t speak constantly, it’s usually only when he needs something.

Nathan may “graduate” from occupational therapy this year. Part of me is excited and part of me is sad. He has had the same OT for his therapist almost since he was diagnosed. It will be difficult to let Abby go! Seriously, I am very proud of Nathan. His last goal is to ride a bicycle. If he can do this, he will have achieved all of his OT goals. Wow! So hard to believe!