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Flying with children is intrinsically stressful.  Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells greatly add to that anxiety in a child on the autism spectrum. Don’t miss our newest Front Page Article which shows how Delta Airlines and a local advocacy group are getting such children Ready For Takeoff.


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Ready For Takeoff

Flying with children is intrinsically stressful. Children on the autism spectrum have a particularly difficult time processing the unfamiliar sights and sounds. Delta Airlines in Salt Lake City, partnering with FAAST (Families of Autism and Asperger’s Standing Together), is addressing these issues in an innovative … Continued

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Five Good Things

We have a tradition in our family.  It’s called 5 Good Things! It is said that if a person hears 5 good things a day about themselves from people whose opinion means something to them,  their self esteem and personal … Continued

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To Siri, With Love

Writes Judith Newman, author and mother: “Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is currently his BFF.” As she puts it . . . ” This is a love letter to a machine.” Whatever your child’s challenges, … Continued

Personal Essays

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The Flip Side to Flexible

When you have Special in your life, you learn to adapt.  As do your other children. I am not speaking of the adapting of your physical environment – your home, your furniture, the car, etc. Although, we do all of … Continued

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These Special Ones Can Do Hard Things, Too

A spontaneous standing ovation erupted from the crowd of thousands as Elijah’s name was called.  Elijah couldn’t contain his excitement, so he sprinted up the aisle to the stage.  His grin stretched into a huge smile as he was given … Continued

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Her Voice

Last Sunday was our ward’s Primary program and Elise’s first one participating in. When the speaking parts were assigned and passed out to each child, I was pleased to know that Elise had a speaking part as well. It is … Continued

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Isabelle

It has been said that we should develop an “attitude of gratitude.”  I honestly strive to follow this counsel, and as part of that effort would like to share something that is both humbling and incredibly exciting. Challenges and triumphs … Continued

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Early Morning

Sitting here, Though it’s not really quiet, My heart listens carefully, the house is at peace. Morning air is still cool, the birds noisy, singing their love to the world, before day’s heat makes them cease. Already Two of my … Continued

LIGHTHOUSE

It’s Okay To Be A Lower Light

Sometimes (often?) we feel like we have to know it all, do it all, be it all. Especially when you parent a medically fragile child, the feeling creeps in.  Do I really know enough? Can I do it?  I have … Continued

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Noble Spirit

David’s body has grown bigger and stronger, but his mind is still behind, trapped inside the prison of autism. His ability to communicate is severely limited and his functioning is impaired by odd behaviors, emotional outbursts and limited understanding. Even … Continued

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He Knows Each of Us

Last year we had the summer of I Love Lucy. Just about every night during the kids’ summer break we would watch an episode or two of Lucy.  It was tremendously fun to see the kids enjoy a classic show … Continued

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Leaving Home

Let’s be clear … I’m not God.  Nor am I His spokesperson.  But I have studied His words for the majority of my life.  I’ve poured my heart out to Him.  I have listened to His still, small voice.  And, I … Continued

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Not Sorry

When my daughter Callie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a couple of years ago, we received an outpouring of support and love from our friends and family.  Everyone was trying to be so kind and considerate of our feelings.  However, one sentiment that … Continued

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The Lion and the Lamb

Three years ago, our son Landen was born with a severe heart condition. We were shocked and devastated when doctors told us that he was not expected to live to his first birthday. Our little baby boy had a hard … Continued

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Love Unfeigned

In a March 1998 Friend article, Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy wrote touchingly about his own son that is intellectually disabled.  Then he shared a favorite scripture:  Third Nephi 26:14.  You’ll remember this moment during Christ’s visit to … Continued