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One of our readers is looking for a book recommendation written from the perspective of a child with Asperger’s syndrome or autism for their preteen reader. Here are eight recommended title made by Hilltown Families readers. Add a title to the list!

The holiday season is a time to reflect on memories that only the festive season can awaken. This month, post-holidays in “Grandpa in the House” Parenting in a Multigenerational Home,” Wendy writes a very personal account of her time as a child celebrating the holidays with her Aspie Dad, and how it impacted her attitude towards the holidays with her very own family. Read on for a very touching account of how the wheel came full circle for Wendy in her end-of-the-year holiday celebrations.

In our monthly column, “Grandpa in the House: Parenting in a Multigenerational Home,” Wendy writes about her life of raising a child and looking after a parent with Asperger’s syndrome. It’s one complicated juggling act. In this month’s post, Wendy’s child is starting to notice things with his grandfather that maybe classified as ‘weird.’ How does a parent address this head on? Read on…

Living with an elderly relative with Asperger’s has its challenges. Wendy offers poignant insights into the mechanics of everyday life In our monthly column, “Grandpa in the House: Parenting in a Multigenerational Home.” This week, we learn that Asperger’s personality drives can drive passion for collecting. Combine that with the ‘click to buy’ culture of internet shopping, and it’s time for a new mailbox! Read on as Wendy takes both a philosophical and pragmatic outlook…

In this month’s “Grandpa in the House: Parenting in a Multigenerational Home,” Wendy juggles the family shopping trip and the widely different needs of a young child and an older Aspie.

“Grandpa in the House: Parenting in a Multigenerational Home” debuts this week with Wendy Somes joining us as our newest contributing writer. Having to raise kids while caring for parents is already one tough job for the Sandwich Generation. Add Aspergers to the formula and the challenges increase… but in this case it’s Wendy’s elderly father who has Aspergers. Each month she will share with us her journey as a daughter of a father with Aspergers and a mother of a young child, all under one roof.

Love & Social Consciousness Episode with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake LISTEN TO PODCAST: Lisa Mathews of the Grammy-nominated kid rock band Milkshake talks about love and social consciousness in this musically diverse hour. With a song list that includes Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday, the Civil Wars, Adele, Lucienne Boyer and a sprinkling of Milkshake tunes from the band’s brand-new 33-song Got a Minute? CD (featuring the long-lost 13… Read More

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 On Saturday, November 3rd at 2pm, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington will offer an autism-friendly screening of London’s National Theater’s production of, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” This production is a theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name.  The story is told… Read More

Two Groundbreaking Anthologies on Parenting Kids with Special Needs I recently received two fantastic anthologies on parenting kids with special needs to review, My Baby Rides the Short Bus and Gravity Pulls You In. Most nights since receiving these two treasures I end the day by reading a chapter or two — finding myself  choked up with tears as I read a parent’s complicated, heartbreaking story; or laughing with parents on the fringe navigating… Read More

The band Five for Fighting is generously donating $0.40 to Autism Speaks each time this video is viewed. The funds raised will go towards research studies to help find a cure for autism. When you have a moment, please watch this informative clip, featuring touching photos of a beloved daughter and her family. Thank you to Shelly Bathe Lenn, for bringing this video to my attention. It is a powerful, informative video… Read More

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