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Best of: Hopey Halloween

Halloween 011Note: Here's a favorite post of mine in time for Halloween. Bella is now an 18 year old young woman and she makes progress every day. I am proud of her. XOX

By Kim Rossi who was Stagliano when she wrote this

Hello, AofA friends. I thought I'd share another hopeful video with you today. Bella continues to learn how to create words with her mouth. I use that phrasing because I know the words are clearly in her mind - it's her autism that prevents them from flowing freely.

You might recall from my book that Bella is my water girl (crapisode ring a bell?)  Her perseveration on water is always correlated with gut issues. When her stomach is in bad shape, she is desperate to feel water on her face.  I've learned that I'm usually at fault - having tried a new food or beverage with a suspect ingredient. Carageenan, the thickener in many non-dairy milks and almost all of the So Delicious brand that we loved, destroys Bella's gut and behavior after about 6 weeks of steady consumption.  It makes her aggressive, angry, she pinches, she growls, she will not sit in a car or bus safely.  I guess that means the refrigerator theory can be resurrected - Mom really IS to blame - ha ha.

Anyway, here's Miss Bella with a special cameo appearance by my beautiful Mia, who will be 19 in December. That Halloween costume in the photo was from when Bella was in Kindergarten - I made her Leo the Late Bloomer - a beautiful story about a little Tiger with lots of delays - and whose last sentence is, "I made it!" And so shall Bella, and all our kids.

House of Cards 200 pixelsKim Rossi is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her novel,  House of Cards; A All I Can Handle 50 pixel Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.





Kim-You have a beautiful family. God Bless you all!

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Sweet kids Kim ... don't know how you do what you do


Laura Hayes


We had a similar experience with Ryan years ago when he began consuming almond and coconut milks from cartons...both fortified with synthetic vitamins A and D. Totally changed his mood and behavior, and not for the better. I could not figure out the problem. Fortunately, I randomly read about the dangers of these 2 synthetic vitamins and how they alter behavior due to their toxic build up in the body, to the point of making someone a bit crazy. I immediately stopped Ryan’s consumption of those 2 beverages, and he was back to himself in just 2-3 days, for which we were very grateful! He now occasionally consumes New Barn organic almond milk (bottle) and Thai Kitchen organic coconut milk (can) which I mix together on organic gf cereal and/or homemade organic gf granola...a tasty combo! Neither is “fortified” with toxic, synthetic vitamins...thank goodness!

Wonderful to see 2 of your beautiful girls, Kim :)

Gary Ogden

Beautiful, Kim. Thanks!

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