All posts by Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson

About Heather Nelson

Heather resides in Rockland where she is busy juggling life as a newlywed, a mom to two boys (one of which who has autism), a part time job in direct sales, and a full-time job as a pediatric occupational therapy assistant. She has a love for live music, karaoke, and cheering on the underdogs.

Never-Empty Nest

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A few weeks ago my youngest sister moved out of our parent’s home to begin her journey to adulthood and independence. This was the first time in 32 years that she didn’t have children living at home. 32 years. My Mom was officially an empty-nester.

I can only imagine how tricky that transition must be.

Seriously, I really can ONLY imagine. The reality is I will most likely never have an empty nest.

Cooperative Play, No Big Deal

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So, this happened tonight…   That’s Brian with the black hood on next to his friend Henry and two other kids he had just met. Nothing much to see here, just a few kids playing in the dirt, talking about strategies, giving each other instructions, and trying to make the largest mountain they can. Nothing much […]

Things I Never Thought Would Come Out Of My Mouth

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Most of the time I don’t even notice when these type of things slip out of my mouth.  It’s our life.  It’s crazy, unexpected, and chaos.  But every once in a while, it will hit me, and I will shake my head as I wonder, “What did I just say?  How did we get to […]

When A Bike is More Than A Bike

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Our buddy bike has finally arrived after a long road to obtain it! This adaptive bike has only been here for four days but I can already see Brian’s confidence grow. It’s more than just a bike when it can give your child control, freedom, and independence in a world that doesn’t offer him that very often.

Ten Things I Learned From Our Vacation

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The idea of traveling in an RV from Maine to Washington, DC was daunting. Add in autism and I thought we might be certifiable. But overall it was an amazing trip and we are so happy we went. Here are the top ten things I learned from this vacation.

Days 2 & 3: Boston and New Jersey

Bare with me,  my computer has died on this adventure and I’m attempting to write this from my phone, in the dark by the campfire, while sipping a beer…. Day Two: The next step in our adventure was a trip into Boston to visit the aquarium and possibly a whale watch.  There was no way […]

The Unknown

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When you’re welcomed into the World of Autism, you are more or less being welcomed into the World of the Unknown.

Unknown in what causes it even though there are plenty of theories floating around. Unknown in how to treat it- hundreds of different therapies that all have different results with each different child with autism. Doctors tell you there is no way to know what your child’s functioning level will be as an adult. Every day is an unknown, as the thing that didn’t set your child off yesterday just may set them off today.

The Protector

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Apparently Corbin was playing outside with his aunt, brother, and cousins yesterday afternoon when a neighborhood child asked, “What is wrong with him?”.

My sister and my niece quickly answered with the correct answer, “Nothing is wrong with him. He just has something called autism.”

The child replied, “What is that? Some kind of stupid disease?”.

Corbin has definitely had children ask him about his brother on many occasions and he usually does a wonderful job using it as a teaching experience. But we all have those days where our limits are already maxed.