Dessert may come first–or not!

Welcome to the April 9, 2008 edition of Dessert May Come First– Or Not, the Many Flavors of the Autism Spectrum. This is the first edition of the only Blog Carnival entry to date to deal with autism, Asperger’s and issues of the spectrum. I’m pleased that we received entries from a number of different perspectives, and I’m proud to share them with you.

lastcrazyhorn presents Different Vs. Indifferent; posted at Odd One Out, where she takes a look at a situation where something is definitely broken, but whose job is it to fix things?

One thing we know about our kids with autism is that they are very literal. For example, this is how my daughter plays the game of “catch”: Papa throws her the ball; she catches it. Mission accomplished, game over. In this piece, lastcrazyhorn presents Falsehoods As Seen From An Aspie’s Perspective; posted at Odd One Out, where falsehoods are not just lies, they are much more.


I printed this post out to take to my soon-to-be-middle-school son’s IEP meeting, to see what we could do to bully-proof him as much as possible, or at least not have him punished for the backlash of a bully’s attack. Very thoughtful words for all of us with children from someone who’s been that kid. lastcrazyhorn presents Imagine This (A Narrative on Bullying); posted at Odd One Out.


Carol presents Race for a cure or journey towards acceptance? posted at A Different Nest: Embracing the midlife journey while mothering special needs children, saying, “This is my first carnival submission. I think it may be useful to parents of more recently diagnosed kids; and more veteran parents may (or may not) say “I’ve been there, too.” Thanks, Carol,”

Casdok presents Mother of Shrek: Our children teach us posted at Mother of Shrek, where she shares “Lessons for parents on the path.”


Even when our path seems darkest, there is always an upside we need to cling to. Darcy presents Something to think about « posted at What We Need, saying, “Food for thought.”

While we’re on the subject of food, this may not be right on topic, but our kids will really like the videos, and we could use the story as a metaphor. TherapyDoc presents Eating Just Enough posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, saying, “I personally like dessert first. But take a look at this, have the kids look at the video. We can learn a lot from nature. And despite what I say, it’s best to try not to overfeed.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article by the first Monday of May to the next edition of Dessert May Come First–Or Not using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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And in other news…. I’m featured in other folks’ blog carnivals this week at Carnival of Moms in Law , the Scribes Blog Carnival , and a special repeat performance at the Best of Me Symphony. I’ve also got a two-segment appearance in the upcoming Soup to Nuts carnival, a multi-course meal spread over five different blogs coming on April 30, 2008, so stay tuned!

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Tourney for the Journey, NCAA fundraiser for Sierra Nevada Journeys. I’m proud to say we finished LAST out of 63 entries! Go Team Weird Stuff!!! *crowd goes wild* We may not know Jack about college basketball, but I think we are now the proud owners of a Reno Envy T-shirt!! (Get it? Reno, N.V.?? hahahaha…Westerners are hi-larious, right, Jayne?)


5 thoughts on “Dessert may come first–or not!

  1. I always feel so peaceful when I come to this blog. This carnival was something different. I’m always so moved when I read or hear of or speak to those who are touched by autism or asergers. Truthfully I learned about aspergers only last year or so. So you see still we don’t know enough. Spread the word. Keep these posts coming.

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