Dallas Moms Bloggers at Green Cleaning Party

Dallas Moms Bloggers at Green Cleaning Party

Last Sunday I hosted a wonderful Green Cleaning Party with the help of a kit from Women’s Voice for the Earth (WVE.) Check out my post about it on the Dallas Moms Blog here. So much fun and good for the earth, too!

Posted by Leigh, filed under Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 28, 2010, 7:42 am | No Comments »

Well, folks, would it surprise you to hear that I’m doing too much? That I’ve taken on a little more than I can handle with the hours of the day God designed for us?

I have, and as it is now something has to go…so I’m not doing a very good job of getting to MY blog to create fresh, new posts OR to share the posts from me at the Dallas Moms Blog.

However, you know that I believe in “better late than never,” so here are some posts I KNOW you’ll love to read. Great stuff, really!

Disconnected Kids, by Dr. Robert Melillo

Disconnected Kids, by Dr. Robert Melillo

Disconnected Kids: A Book for parents and teachers of kids with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other Neurological Disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Going Strong" from Flaghouse

"Going Strong" from Flaghouse

Flaghouse Catalogs for kids, adolescents, adults and seniors living with special needs

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Safe & Sound

Dallas Safe & Sound

Dallas Safe & Sound - how YOU can help!

 

I’d love for you to read and either pick up a new fact or two, or feel compelled to take action and contact your local law enforcement and first responders so they can attend Dallas Safe & Sound for FREE!

Posted by Leigh, filed under Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 26, 2010, 10:17 am | No Comments »

Since May is Lyme Awareness Month, I posted on the Dallas Moms Blog about chronic Lyme Infections, Lyme Disease and Lyme-Induced Autism. Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as many, many other maladies. Read it here to see if you can learn something new about Lyme; I sure did as I prepared to write about it!

Spirochete similar to Lyme

Spirochete similar to Lyme

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 13, 2010, 10:58 pm | No Comments »

So, Dear Readers, I typically try to share my posts on the Dallas Moms Blog right after they go up…alas, I have failed yet again. However, I do believe that late, is better than not at all, so here you go!

The Horse Boy is a phenomenal new documentary about the unorthodox treatment one Texas family seeks out to help heal their son with Autism. Worth a read (my post, that is) and worth a watch! If you missed it on PBS, so sorry. It is totally worth trying to find elsewhere!

The Horse Boy - PBS Documentary

The Horse Boy - PBS Documentary

StoryCorps offered a very cool video clip of a young man, Joshua Littman, interviewing his mother, Sarah, and then shared it in honor of Mother’s Day. Though Mother’s Day has passed, I think you’ll like the clip anyway. Click on over to my post and take a peek!

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 12, 2010, 9:24 am | No Comments »

Take a look at my post on the Dallas Moms Blog about The Brain Institute in Colleyville.

Cap used for QEEG

Cap used for QEEG

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: May 5, 2010, 4:31 pm | No Comments »

02  May
Sure, Sugar!

            Last month, I was awarded The Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogger Award by friend, writer, literacy enthusiast and fellow blogger, Hema Penmetsa. (I was right in the middle of too many projects at the time, so Hema graciously suggested I “sit on it” for a few weeks and then “claim” it whenever I could! Check out Hema’s fantastic blog, Wading Through Words.

The Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogger Award

             Here to “claim” the award, as a “Sugar Doll,” I am asked to complete two tasks: 1) I must reveal ten things about myself, and 2) I must pass the award along to a fellow blogger. What an honor! And, what a challenge… 

             I am truly, deeply honored that someone appreciates my writing enough to give me an award! The challenge? Selecting 10 things to reveal about myself that others might find interesting. Many of my readers are friends and family, and I’m a rather transparent person, but I’ll certainly do my best to share some interesting tidbits. Then, at the end of my ten, you’ll find out how I fulfill task number two… that’ll be easy!

             Thanks again, Hema!

 

“Ten things” about Leigh Attaway Wilcox:

1.      I have loved to write since I was a very little girl; when my family moved back to NM from CO when I was in the first grade, I followed my mom and aunt around the house begging (well, probably more accurately nagging) for a pencil and paper…while they were unpacking box after box in various rooms in the house (searching for nothing other than pencils, no doubt), my aunt asked my mom where she should empty a particular box. As she rattled off the contents, my small ears heard only, “…pencils…” They laugh when they talk about my excited voice inquiring from another room, “Pencils?!?!”

2.      Growing up I was a total tomboy! My bother (Jake) and my cousins (Nate & Ryan, whom we lovingly refer to as “Cousin-brothers”) can attest to this fact. I loved to run, romp, dig, bike and play with the guys just as much as I liked playing with my girl friends and cousins…and for the record; I NEVER liked playing with Barbie dolls!

3.      I had a rockin’ sticker collection at the end of grade school. Looking back, it was a rather silly collection because I never really “used” the stickers for anything much fun…I just loved having “rad” stickers in a sparkly binder to drool over every now and then.

4.      As a child and adolescent, I loved playing soccer; when I was in high school though, there was not a girls’ team. So, I went out for the guys’ team and was the first girl in the history of Farmington High School to make it. Fun times! I’ll never forget playing out-of-town teams for the first time…many opponents would take it easy on me until they found out that I would “burn” them just as fast as would any of my teammates. But, you can bet they were a little miffed when it happened…after all, I was a girl!

5.      My first car was a hulkingly huge brown Ford Bronco and I got my driver’s license on my 15th birthday. My BFF, Dana, and I lovingly called her “Brown Bertha.” Along the lines of being a licensed driver, I’ve had more driving years than non-driving years in my life! Ugh.

6.      I live with an Auto-Immune illness called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is a cousin of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Many of my joints are affected and I self-inject medication. I was diagnosed about 7 years ago but was likely suffering from it in my late teens when I started having back pain that never quite went away. I am also gluten-intolerant; Celiac Disease (another auto-immune disease) runs in my family. But, as a result, I can bake a mean Gluten-Free chocolate cake!

7.      While I love living in Texas to a certain degree, I secretly dream of moving back to New Mexico to be near my family; it kills me not to see them more than a couple of times a year. But, honestly, I’d settle for southern Colorado so that I could make weekend trips…in addition to missing my family, I also missing having actual seasons (like, four of them instead of the two in Texas…winter and summer.) The mountains and valleys call my name on a regular basis. Texas is rather flat, you know? I miss New Mexico!

8.      In my life I have blessed by true friendship! God has hand-selected a number of wonderful women in each stage of my life to help me along my journey; I am so thankful for these women! (You know who you are, Ladies!)

9.      When I was in college (learning to be an educator), I always thought I’d go on to obtain several graduate degrees and eventually teach at the collegiate level. These days I can’t even fathom going back to school. However, I am constantly learning! Because Ethan, my only child, lives with Asperger’s Syndrome (an Autism Spectrum Disorder), I almost always have a book in my hand, a documentary to watch, a new blog to read or something powerful I feel empowered to write about regarding Autism. Recently when we went to a movie at our local AMC theater, there was an advertisement for the AMC Sensory-Friendly films (now showing across the country in association with the Autism Society). Ethan heard “Autism,” looked at me with the sweetest, most innocent, excited face and said, “Mom—Autism! YOU could help them with that!” Oh how I am blessed!

10.  Before becoming a mother, I didn’t truly understand how deeply profound and fully encompassing love could be. My son is an amazing gift; I have learned more through him than I ever knew was possible! Through motherhood, I have also developed a new-found respect and love for my mother. Family is such an integral part of who I am, who I’ve become and who I want to be.

 

            Now, drum roll please…it is my pleasure to pass The Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogging Award along to fellow mom, and Dallas Moms Blogger – Amy Twomey. Amy’s personal blog “i am a celiac,” incorporates her beautiful photography with all sorts of great information about living Gluten Free. Congratulations, Amy! You are the next Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogger!

 

      Hema and Amy, thanks for inspiring me and motivating me through your blogs on a regular basis.

 

      Readers, thanks for reading, commenting and always managing to provide encouragement when I need it most.

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog, Family. Date: May 2, 2010, 3:10 pm | 1 Comment »

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to click over to the Dallas Moms Blog to read my post about Midwestern State University’s fantastic residential Autism Support Program – Initium House. This place inspires hope! Plus, in just a few short days, you can view a fantastic documentary about the program at AutismSpot. Until next Wednesday, the two trailers for the documentary will help you get excited about seeing the entire film!

Kitchen at Initium House - MSU

Kitchen at Initium House - MSU

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: April 30, 2010, 8:14 am | No Comments »

Well, “life” in general has been extra busy for the past couple of weeks and I sincerely apologize for not posting…in my absence here, there have been a few new posts you may want to read over at the Dallas Moms Blog:

This link is to a blog entry about parents as advocates (for their special needs children) and a few really great tips from Nick Martin (photo below) about having effective, diplomatic ARD meetings in the school setting.

Nicholas Martin, MA

This link will take you to a post about local events in honor of Autism Awareness month. Though some have passed, the Behavior Innovations event will be happening next week! Check it out.

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This link will take you to a thoughtful guest post from Melody Latimer who not only is the parent of children with ASD, she also lives with Asperger’s herself. She discusses “neurodiversity.” Well worth a read if you’ve never heard of “neurodiversity.”

Melody Latimer & Family

Melody Latimer & Family

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: April 24, 2010, 7:15 am | No Comments »

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

Check out my Dallas Moms Blog post about Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, by Ellen Notbohm. If you leave a comment AT THE DALLAS MOMS BLOG, thanks to Future Horizons, you’ll be entered to win a pair of Ellen Notbohm’s books (Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew and 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching or Raising a Child with Autism or Asperger’s.) Great opportunity; pass it on!

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching or Raising a Child with Autism or Asperger's
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching or Raising a Child with Autism or Asperger’s

 

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Dallas Moms Blog. Date: April 8, 2010, 8:57 am | No Comments »

Many of you know that Ethan and I eat a strictly Gluten-Free diet. We were thrilled to hear about the expansion of the P. F. Chang’s China Bistro Gluten-Free Menu last week so we headed on out to give some of the new dishes a try. Please click on over to the Dallas Moms Blog to read about our experience.

Ethan with the grand horse at P. F. Chang's China Bistro

Ethan with the grand horse at P. F. Chang's China Bistro

Posted by Leigh, filed under Dallas Moms Blog, Family. Date: March 17, 2010, 11:06 am | No Comments »

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