Welcome to ASD Homeschooling

…a very Disorderly response to Emily Perl Kingsley’s Welcome to Holland The Disorderly Blondes are often asked to describe the experience of educating a child with a disability while in quarantine – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel.  It’s like this…… Read More

Autism and Homeschooling in the Time of COVID-19

Special needs parents set sail into uncharted territory The morning started with a half-hour school introduction lesson on my laptop. Oliver’s reaction to seeing his teacher live on the screen was priceless: surprised, excited, and then confused. I helped keep him focused on the screen as much as possible and prevented him from walking away.… Read More

S3 E28 Meet the F•R•I•E•N•D•S (Part 2)

PART 2 of The Friendship Café episode. The South Florida blondes met with Elizabeth Camp recently. She introduced them to some of the inspiring young adults she serves, and how satisfied they are with her recipe for (their) success! This time, listen to the F•R•I•E•N•D• S share all about their experience. Meet Jennifer, Cameron, Billy,… Read More

S3 E27 The Friendship Café PART 1

Meet Elizabeth Camp, the special needs whisperer with a loud and persistent advocating voice. She dishes up a delicious plate of support training adults with disabilities in both job and life skills at Fort Lauderdale’s new Friendship Café. She’s welcome at our table any time! Remember to check back for PART 2 coming up next… Read More

You asked, so I’ll tell you: I’m not OK

This morning, as I absentmindedly scrolled through my Facebook feed, I repeatedly came across a post by yourteenmag.com titled ‘Dear Moms of High School Seniors: How Are You Doing?’  Each time I saw it (too many to count), I felt as if I was being taunted, ridiculed, and challenged. You see, my son happens to… Read More

I Funny Valentine

I can picture it like it was yesterday. I returned home from receiving (but most definitely not processing) J.R.’s autism diagnosis to find a package at my door. With my infant car seat carrier weighing on one arm (ouch) and my three-year old tugging hard at the other (ugh), the goods would have to wait.… Read More

S3 E26 This is Improv

Guest Alexandra Zadak of This Is Improv speaks off the cuff about the benefits of improvisation for individuals with high-functioning autism. May she break a leg as the clever South Florida ad-lib queens of The Disorderly Blondes Autism Podcast wing-it through their first episode of Season 3! Also starring squirrels. Okay, just one squirrel. She… Read More

The Race to Crash My Autistic Son’s New Year’s Resolutions

by Kristi Vannatta My fifteen year-old son J.R. has autism. If you were to meet me for the first time you may ask where he falls on the spectrum and whether or not he is considered “high functioning.” A speedy answer is always tricky for me, because these days a parent is reluctant to describe… Read More