Tuesdays With Madison


Columns for Autism After 16 about Madison,
Becky’s child with autism, as she transitions
into adult programs and services. 



Pathfinders for Autism: Twenty years and counting--who we are and why

Pathfinders for Autism: Twenty years and counting–who we are and why

For me, it began with one yellow flyer. Like most children with autism, my daughter, Madison, had limited communication skills. At age five, she did not speak. My job as her mom was to be the master interpreter of her gestures, cries, tantrums and moods. It was an exhausting time. But in the spring of […]

Finding the Joy

Finding the Joy

Hi folks! This week’s inspiration comes from Madison, my 23-year old daughter with autism who continues to teach me so much about life—and love. Madison resides in group home and attends a day program about an hour away. She’s adjusted to the adult services programs, is well-cared for, and most importantly, is loved to pieces […]

A Bright Spot for Madison

We did it! Somehow we triumphed—at least for thirty-five minutes. I’m not sure exactly who we defeated—the meds, the hormones, or the autism—but for thirty-five glorious lunchtime minutes, I had my daughter back. It was heaven, a far cry from the rough patch visit when she tried to dump me out of my wheelchair or the […]