About Me

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a wife.  I’m a preschool teacher.  I’m a mom of 2 stubborn, smart, hilarious boys.  One of them has autism, but I wouldn’t necessarily call the other one normal.  If you’re a mom and you claim your kids never drive you to the brink of insanity…you’re lying.

I like to write about raising boys (they’re fun…and gross), the ups and downs of parenting, the humor of everyday life, and the triumphs and struggles of having a child with special needs.  My parenting skills are less than perfect.  I’m extremely sarcastic.  I’m brutally honest.  I’ve been told I’m weird and funny (by my own 8 year-old).  I’m heartfelt and sincere.  And…I really do tend to write a lot about poop and toothpaste.  You’ve been warned.

9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey Anne!
    I just got on this and have read some of your entries! Your little men sound awesome! I don’t do facebook (insert nerdy name here), but talked to Jason and Dori at State bball in LIncoln and Dori told me about it. Deann just sent me the link today, so instead of working and doing the list of crap I need to do here at school that isn’t much fun, I am reading about you and loving every word! I am on pinterest now….(applause for the social networking virgin)… and am following you- kinda feel like a creepy stalker! Hope you are doing great! Miss you and our good laughs!

    • KIM!!! So great to hear from you. Thanks for reading my blog. I love writing and there’s just some things I wanted to get out there, so I figured this was the best way! Don’t hold your breath waiting for fun things from me on Pinterest. For some reason, I just can’t get into that! However, I do appreciate your efforts to stalk me. I miss you and our laughs too! GET ON FACEBOOK. 🙂

  2. Dear Anne,
    I am Scott Lentine, a 25 year old man with high-functioning autism (PDD-NOS/Asperger’s) from Billerica, Massachusetts, outside of Boston and summer resident of Fieldston Beach, Marshfield, south of Boston. I graduated from Merrimack College magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a Biology minor. I am currently an office intern at the Arc of Massachusetts in Waltham, where I try to persuade lawmakers to pass key disability resources legislation to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. I am interested in data clerical entry duties, hospital settings, autism non-profit organizations, and research type work. I have some poems about autism in this email that I wanted you read and show to additional people you know on the spectrum and their families and friends. My autism song poems are now featured on Claire LaZebnik’s blog, Jess Wilson’s Diary of a Mom blog, John Elder Robison’s Look Me in the Eye blog, the Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid blog,Flannery Sullivan’s Living on the Spectrum: The Connor Chronicles blog and Seth Mnookin’s PLOS blog. The reviews from commenters have been great! My poems have also been featured on Ellen Seidman’s Love that Max blog and Dr. Tony Attwood’s blog as well. I regularly communicate via email with people such as Alysia Krasnow Butler, Stephen Shore, Susan Senator, and John Elder Robison. I am in the process of reviewing my 4th poem, I’ll email it to you when the poem is complete. I even got a support letter email from President Obama for autism advocacy. I would love to get Obama to pursue more comprehensive autism reform in his next term. I hope you love these poems!

    Just a Normal Day

    Never knowing what to say

    Never knowing what to do

    Always looking for clues

    Just a normal day

    Feeling unsure

    Totally perplexed with everyday life

    Always on edge never certain

    I wish I could lift this curtain

    Needing to constantly satisfy my need for information

    Always online searching for new revelations

    Going from site to site

    Obtaining new insights every night

    Trying to connect with people my age

    Attempting to reveal my unique vision

    But ending up alone and unengaged

    Feeling like my needs a total revision

    Just a normal day

    Can’t You See

    Can’t you see

    I just want to have a friend

    Can’t you see

    I need the same connections in the end

    Can’t you see

    I want a good job

    Can’t you see

    I need to have stability and dependence and part of the general mob

    Can’t you see

    I want to be independent on my own

    Can’t you see

    I want to be able to have my own home

    Can’t you see

    I want the same things as everyone else

    Can’t you see

    I want to be appreciated for myself

    The Ode to the Autistic Man

    Try to understand the challenges that I face

    I would like to be accepted as a human in all places

    Where I will end up in life I don’t know

    But I hope to be successful wherever I go

    I would like to expand my social skills in life

    Making new friends would be very nice

    Stand proud for the autistic man

    For he will find a new fan

    I hope to overcome the odds I face today

    Increased acceptance will lead me to a brighter day

    By the age of 20, I will have made tremendous strides

    I know in the future, life will continue to be an interesting ride

    I have made new friends by the year

    I will be given tremendous respect by my family and peers

    I hope to get noted for bringing the issue of autism to the common man

    So that autistic people can be accepted in this great land

    Stand proud for the autistic man

    For he will find a new fan

    I hope to overcome the odds I face today

    Increased acceptance will lead me to a brighter day

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  5. I came across your blog by doing my nightly research on autism. We are awaiting an autism screening for our 3 year old son and are fully expecting an autism diagnosis in our future. Your blog had me in tears, I can relate so much and it is so nice to hear from others who have been where we are. Our son has now been kicked out of 4 daycares in 3 months, impressive right? Just wondering what experience you’ve had with your son and daycares, any advice?!

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