When Jean had her first child in 2001, "autism" was about the scariest word she could think of. Six years later when her second child was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, a form of autism, she was just happy to have a word to help him get the services he needed. Her autism journey has been full of tears, laughter, love and at least one attorney.
Jean blogs about her life with her autistic son, Jack, on her blog, Stimeyland. Her two neurotypical children, Sam and Quinn (one older, one younger than Jack), make frequent appearances there as well. Also at Stimeyland? Jean's quirky sense of humor.
She also runs AutMont, an events calendar listing autism-related events in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Raising a child with special needs is hard for so many reasons, but after living with Jack, Jean wouldn't trade him for anything in the world. Come along with Jean as she experiences the joys that come with parenting a special kid.
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Published 11:02 a.m. September 17, 2012
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Published 4:58 p.m. September 4, 2012
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Published 1:31 p.m. August 29, 2012
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Published 8:50 p.m. June 20, 2012
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Published 10:48 a.m. June 17, 2012
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Published 9:50 p.m. June 10, 2012
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Published 5:33 p.m. April 21, 2012
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Published 6:00 p.m. April 9, 2012
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Published 9:11 p.m. March 27, 2012
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Published 9:33 p.m. February 21, 2012
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Published 11:04 a.m. February 5, 2012
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Published 9:28 p.m. January 22, 2012
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