Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Normal” Days

Last night my now fifteen year old daughter, Samantha, who has autism, was in a very bad “teenage” mood. If you are the parent of a teen you probably already know what I’m talking about…stomping around, slamming doors, refusing to cooperate, these are just some of the fun antics we are dealing with lately. I know that, if she could, she would probably talk back to me too!
I do already have some experience as a mom of a teen since my oldest son is 17 years old (nuero-typical) and has his own moods and uncommunicative periods. But my daughter’s behavior surprised me a bit. I guess that is because, as a child with a disability with limited verbal ability, I often think of her as being younger than her 15 years. I am guilty, just like those in the “typical” world, of seeing her as …