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The Autism Constellation

by David Morstad

Today, countless children and adults will be described as being “on the spectrum”, i.e., the autism spectrum. It is a popular notion, a handy phrase, and people claim some knowledge of what it implies – even though that may not always be the case. 777 more words

Institutionalization in Montana, Part 3: Wishful Thinking

I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but even though I grew up in Western Montana I’ve seen very little of it except what’s in my back yard–a ways down 93 South, a ways up 93 North, excursions off hwy 200 & hwy 12, and whatever pops up on I-90 within a few hours from home. 1,506 more words


A Better Place to Hang Around

Most parents of special kids have experimented with therapy cocktails that we hope will move the kiddos closer to “normal”. We try some standard ingredients in the early years, such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy, and then we might add some mildly exotic mixers like applied behavior analysis therapy or a social skills group to address a particular deficit. 827 more words

The Community of Faith as Wedding Banquet

by David Morstad

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.  

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Parents Beware!

I never thought it would happen to me!

Despite the few months I babysat a six-month old child being raised by his grandparents, as a young mother, the thought of one day having to raise my own grandchildren, never entered my mind,  In Canada, a growing number of grandparents are now parenting and raising their grandchildren. 293 more words


Institutionalization in Montana, Part 1: Looking for Cindy

My mother’s childhood and family history is mostly unknown to me. What I have is a collection of random, generalized stories and odd incidents that I never bothered to ask about when I still had the chance. 1,273 more words


I Met You (I Met Your World)

I met you,
I met your world
Through the labels
Everyone gave you
Long before our time.

These words
Not even coming close… 207 more words