Deconstructing Valentine’s Day

In my earliest Valentine’s Day memories, I exchanged cards with all of my second-grade classmates.  Never mind that we were all girls! In those days, it was possible to buy a booklet of inexpensive cards with perforated edges at Lamston’s (long out of business). I...

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Autism and Helicopter Parenting

As an autism parent of a grown daughter on the spectrum, I read with great interest Pamela Druckerman’s New York Times op-ed piece, “Helicopter Parenting Works,” (2/8/19).  Druckerman says that “in our unequal era, this kind of parenting brings life changing...

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Off the Wall

I am an exhausted autism mom who is so tired of hearing the word “wall” that I’m ready to scream. How did Americans allow a wall to become inextricably tied to loss of jobs and income (not to mention aviation safety and national security)? How did we arrive at a time...

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Autism Sabbaticals for Exhausted Parents

For the past two weeks, I’ve had writer’s block (blogger’s block?); the light bulb in my head seemed burned out—temporarily at least.  Starting each day by reading endlessly depressing newspaper headlines (including the longest government shutdown in history for the...

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An Autism Mom’s 20 New Year’s Resolutions

Everyone has New Year’s resolutions, but autism moms must be especially persistent and may need to work harder than neurotypical parents to maintain a sense of humor. Seeing success in the face of failure can be different for parents of adult kids on the spectrum....

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EPIC Players 2018 Season Ends on a High Note

EPIC Players finished their 2018 season with two moving performances of The New Girl in Town, a devised play written and conceived by EPIC cast members about the challenges of inclusion in the arts.  The New Girl (Cat Cristofano), an aspiring actor with disabilities...

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The Golden Trout

Random Article  Home/Heart and Humanity/5 December Making Family/The Golden Trout 5 December Making Family The Golden Trout  Marguerite Elisofon  2 days ago  0 13 minutes read FacebookTwitterLinkedInStumbleUponPinterestRedditPocketShare via Email “How come the fish...

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Autism, Computer Skills and Social Media

As a 60+ autism mom, keeping up my computer skills and helping my daughter Samantha with technology and social media can sometimes turn into an overwhelming double whammy.  Now is one of those times. Most of Giving Tuesday was devoted to sharing and emailing potential...

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Gratitude from an Autism Mom

For autism moms, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on all of the positives in our challenging lives.  In spite of the hatred and divisiveness sweeping our country, there are still warm and welcoming people and places where diversity is respected, accepted...

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About Marguerite

Marguerite Elisofon is a New York City writer and the author of My Picture Perfect Family, a memoir about how her family navigated life with a child on the autistic spectrum before the internet and support groups existed. She also blogs about parenting young adults and disability related issues in The Never Empty Nest. Her writing has been featured in a variety of publications, including Time and NY Metro Parents magazine, and her family’s story has been featured by the NY Post, Fox News, The Daily Mail, and on Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny radio show. A Vassar graduate, Marguerite was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives with her husband, Howard, in their mostly-empty nest. She is available to speak about a wide variety of issues relating to twins, parenting, and autism.

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