A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Guest Blog:
The Things We Take for Granted

By Annie Lehmann

My son Jonah is 30. Ashton Kutcher handsome. Silent. A human being who has never sinned in his entire life. And yet over the years his autism has given us a run, (I should say at breakneck speeds), for our money. Sleeplessness. Seizures. Unexplained self-injurious behaviors. But last night, during our weekly visit with him, he had no idea what kind of gift he gave me.

Typically he comes to our home every Sunday night for "Sabbath dinner." Every Friday night I prepare a Thanksgiving-grade meal, with plenty of leftovers. From homebaked bread, soups, and main courses, to desserts, Jonah gets his "Shabbos" meal, a couple of days later.

Yesterday our schedule was such that we went to his house to...READ MORE

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