I made some noise last spring about putting my focus on writing about Asperger's. At the time, I thought about starting a new blog altogether. Over the summer, this idea morphed a bit until I decided that I wanted to shift the focus here. I already feel that my identity as Mouse has moved this direction and that I have something of a presence, albeit a small one, as a commenter on Asperger's at other blogs.
To this end, I am slowly sticking most of my old posts into draft and making a few minor changes to others. The ones that will not be moth-balled at any point are those that are most directly related to Asperger's. Other posts will come back as I get a chance to go through them and as I write new posts that refer back to them.
In this process, I have also decided to change how I refer to my family members. Scooter, in particular, has outgrown his epithet. Following is the cast of characters and locations. Since I'm not editing comments, I list both their previous and new names. New designations are a mix of first and middle initials.
M.--That's me, Mouse. Aspie mother, grad student (they haven't kicked me out yet), education student (almost have my certification now), middle school teacher.
A.--Formerly Trillian. She's technically neurotypical, but geeky enough and "grazed by the arrow" in some categories, so she's not completely flabbergasted (most of the time) by E.'s and my particular quirks.
E.--Formerly Scooter. 7 1/2 and in second grade. It's been almost exactly a year since his Asperger's diagnosis, but more than three since we started researching it.
J.--Formerly Thumper. 9-months-old. He's been deemed neurotypical by none other than Tony Attwood, but that's a story for another post.
We live in Springfield; the main employer draws lots of scientists and such, so we're a quirky town. My in-laws live in nearby Capital City. Further down the road is Big City.