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Mar 02 2013

Please join the My #Autism Help Forum and help me to help others


Do you ever find yourself wishing that you could talk to someone that understands? Someone that get’s it. Personally, I know what that’s like and I decided to do something about it.

I want to encourage everyone to join the My Autism Help Forums.

The My Autism Help Forums are designed by me and run on the industry standard Autism Help 512_512forum software, vBulletin. Because I own, manage and enforce rules in the forums, they are a safe place to speak your mind, vent or ask/answer questions. There is a zero tolerance for bullying or harassing. I want everyone to feel free to share without fear of repercussions from other members.

We don’t always have to agree with each other. I do however, require that you treat everyone with dignity and respect.


The forums are readable by anyone but you can only post or comment if you are a member. Membership is free and is a quick and painless process. You do need to verify your registration via email but that’s it.

I recently rebuilt the forums from scratch and reorganized them in a way that’s much more user friendly and accessible.

Right now I’m simply working on getting the conversation started once again.

Stop on by and introduce yourself in the Meet and Greet forum or jump in on a conversation that strikes your interest. There are parents in there right now, looking for advice from you. Believe it or not, you can make a big difference in someone’s life by simply sharing your experience.

Let’s get these forums rocking once again and provide each other with support. Help me rebuild the community and be part of something truly amazing.

I know it’s hard it can be a little scary to open up, especially to people you don’t know. Having said that, I truly believe in my heart, that by taking the plunge, you will find a wealth of information and experience that could benefit your life.

You can find the My Autism Help Forums either by clicking the link at the top of this post or the My Autism Help Forums logo to the right.

If you have any problems with registration, please let me know so I can fix it.

There are 2 easy ways to access the Autism Help Forums via your mobile device.

1) The Autism Help app This is the OFFICIAL My Autism Help app (android only)

2) The TapaTalk app (android and iOS) I only have links for the android app. Check the Apple app store for this app.

For all the latest information on the #Autism Help Forums, follow us on Twitter (@MyAutismHelp).


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Dec 15 2012

My Autism Help


You may have noticed that the My Autism Help Forums have been down for a few days… This was done for a couple of reasons. The first reason was so that I could move the forums to their own, dedicated site. The second reason was for upgrades and security patches. Autism Help 144_144

From now on, you can find the forums at

I will be updating the My Autism Help app in the Goggle Play Store today as well.

I’ve also made a few changes to the forums themselves, mostly under the hood, in order to increase security. The one that will be the most noticeable is that for now, new members must be approved by either myself or a moderator.

There is simply much computer generated spam and right now, this is the best way to combat it. I realize that this may prove inconvenient for some but it’s better in the long run…..

Please help me spread the word and really get this forum moving.


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Dec 13 2012

The Autism Help Forums are moving


I wanted to let everyone know that I’m in the process of moving the Autism Help Forums to a dedicated site. I want the site to be more easily found and by doing this, it will be.

Right now the forums are down as I will be migrating soon.

I hope to have them back up and running after a few security patches and upgrades.

Thank you for all your patience and support and we continue to work through our growing pains.

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Oct 10 2012

On a serious note 🙂


I wanted to share this sign from the pediatrician’s office yesterday.  Look at this as a PSA.  :-)

Hope you get a smile from this.  I thought it was really funny.

I think I shared this awhile ago but wanted to share it again, ya know, for my new readers.  :-)


Seriously though folks, please don’t leave your poop behind.  :-)



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Sep 15 2012

Does this make me a bad parent


This is meant to help educate the people unfamiliar with the struggles of special needs parenting. I want to give an example of how I have dropped the ball and why it can happen.

Like many other people, I very often find myself getting behind in a great many things. These things range from bills, housework, yard work and bills to emails, writing, more bills and a bit more housework.

I get so stressed out over these things and no matter how hard I try,  I just can’t keep my head above water.

As a special needs family,  these things hit us really hard and because we are able to absorb fewer things than others, life can begin to spiral out of control. This is when I’m most likely to drop the ball. This is when things can fall through the cracks, even some of the important things.

Does this make me a bad parent? No.

What it does make me is a an overwhelmed parent with dwindling physical and emotional resources.

My guess is that at least some of you reading this can relate.

Because my family life is so…..complex, my options are very limited. In fact,  many times my hands are simply tied and I can’t do anything but run around during putting out the fires.

Getting caught up or dare I say,  improving our lives is literally like chasing my tail.  It’s a pipe dream or at least that’s how it feels.

Forgive me for making this assumption,  but I imagine you can get pretty down on yourself for feeling like you should be doing more.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s just me.

The truth is,  I’m doing everything in my power to make things livable for my family.  However,  I live with this crushing sense of guilt because whatever I do, isn’t enough. I set this impossibly high standard for myself and can never live up to it. It’s like I set myself up to fail.

As a father, no one on earth is harder on me than I am on myself.

I work from home,  not because I want to but because I have to.  That requires a huge amount of sacrifice as well as a substantial loss of income. It’s something that has become a necessary evil though and a cross that I must carry.

So many families are in a similar boat. They do everything in their power to help their special needs child and it comes at a cost.

Sometimes that cost is financial.  Other times it’s sleep or health related. Heck, this journey has cost us friends and even family.

I know that this may seem like whining to some but all I’m trying to do is relay my personal experience and help those of you going through something similar, to maybe not feel so alone. It would be an added bonus if this helped to provide insight for those out there who are quick to judge a book without know the content of it’s pages.


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Sep 07 2012

The high cost of stress


The cost of all those stress is very, very high. I think that the most profoundly affected by this is without question,  Lizze.

She is at a point where she is barely walking. She literally overdid things today by simply getting out of bed this morning. I have some indication of how bad things are for her because she’s using her cane in public. That’s something that never happens,  unless things are really bad. 

On the positive side,  at least Emmett is the only one home during the day now.

I suppose I should qualify what I mean by at least Emmett is the only one home during the day now. Having Emmett by himself is still like living in a circus.  He’s only one child and his adorable looks do a great job of hiding all the energy,  mischief and challenge. 

Having said that,  it’s easier than having to try and manage all the boys at the same time. It’s also a bit less stressful as well.

Anyway,  Lizze has a huge list of health problems as well and unfortunately, they are all exacerbated by stress.

One of my goals with Operation Hope is to not only get Gavin the help that he deserves but also provide everyone else with relief from this constant borage of stress we are all forced to endure at this point.

Hopefully, this can be a changing point for the entire Lost and Tired.

This was posted via WordPress for Android, courtesy of Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Please forgive any typos. I do know how to spell but auto-correct hate me.

Please join our Autism Help Forums

Look for “Autism Help” app at the Google Play Store

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Aug 31 2012

#Autism and Angry Birds: A match made in heaven


I really don’t need to ask this but,  how many of your little ones love to play Angry Birds? Just about everyone has their hands up.  :-)

My boys love Angry Birds.  They love the plushies,  the video games and now the board game.

Alright,  it’s not really a board game but it’s definitely not a video game either.

This game came with actual parts,  angry birds,  naughty piggies and all the pieces to create your own levels.  Then you get to actually fling your angry birds from the included sling shot/catapult thing and take the pigs out. 

Elliott came home with this from the Hamptons but I’m sure you can find it elsewhere.

This is a really cool way to experience the game.  It also helps with fine motor skills and encourages creativity. 

This was posted via WordPress for Android, courtesy of Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Please forgive any typos. I do know how to spell but auto-correct hate me.

Please join our Autism Help Forums

Look for “Autism Help” app at the Google Play Store

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