Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder: Parenting Secrets Revealed

Wanna know a secret? Asperger's Syndrome Disorder was never a topic I wanted to write about. Until my son graduated from high school and started working. That's when I discovered that what's in place for young adults on the autism spectrum transitioning out of  high school into the work place kinda really sucks. That pissed me off. I'd been parenting for almost 30 years. Part of me wanted to stop. Part of me knew that just as my son was transitioning into a new space, I'd have to … [Read more...]

Healing Rescue Dogs Transitions Into A Dance on the Autism Spectrum

Healing Rescue Dogs and the autism spectrum: just how did two seemingly different topics come together on a blog that started out as a way for me to share stories about the dogs that changed my life? Clearly, there's a transition taking place. If I can make that transition work here, on Healing Rescue Dogs, remains to be seen. I'll always be able to connect the dogs to my life and, if you've been following along, to my son's life. But the story that's been pushing itself ahead of the dog … [Read more...]

A Pit Bull Terrier Named Gracie Dances With My Son on the Autism Spectrum

"pit bull terrier laying in grass"

One year ago almost to the day was when I first saw the six month old pit bull terrier that we would adopt and rename Gracie. She was in a down with her big, blocky head cradled between her two front paws, as far back as she could get from the front of the kennel run. It was noisy. Most animal shelters are. Everything that I knew about her came from listening to my son. He'd noticed her when she first appeared at the shelter in January. Now, almost three months later, at my son's … [Read more...]

Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder Doesn’t Keep My Son From Talking With Dogs

"aspergers syndrome book cover"

My 27 year old son who is formally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome Disorder (ASD), has been "talking dog" his whole life. Having Asperger's and being fluent in how dogs communicate are just two of the things that define him. Lately, we've been talking about how being on the autism spectrum affects him at work. And, in what may be an on-going series, we'll be talking about this here at HRD. We don't pretend to have all the answers. We only know what's true for us. One of the true and … [Read more...]

A Young Man And A Dog Forge a Magical Leash Partnership

Happy Dog Tails

It takes two to make that leash-partnership thing work:  the human at one end has to buddy up with a dog at the other end. Together, they are the best and sometimes the worst of each other. Early on, there's a lot of tension between the ends of that leash as they sort out what they have to say to each other, who will take the lead, who will follow. If they begin with honest intentions and a commitment to show up every day, the tension between them starts to lessen until finally, one day, they … [Read more...]