Those strips about Ben



If you’re a frequent Pajama Diaries reader, you’ve noticed an ongoing storyline about Nanci’s young son, Ben. Ben has been displaying some troubling signs, and Nanci and her husband David are trying to find out whether or not Ben has autism. Stay tuned.


Obviously, I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on the topic. While I don’t know firsthand what it’s like having a child with special needs, I know a bit from having friends with autistic kids or friends and relatives who help these kids (including many occupational and speech therapists). I’ve wanted to introduce this topic in the strip from the parents’ perspective.

I’ve also been getting a fair amount of helpful feedback from readers who know firsthand. I appreciate the advice and information. Please keep it coming!


I’d especially like to give a shout out to my incredible and caring aunt, Connie Molecke, who is a retired speech therapist and helped start a camp in New Mexico for kids who are on the spectrum. She’s been a fountain of knowledge and has helped me tremendously with this series. Thanks, Aunt Connie. You rock!




4 thoughts on “Those strips about Ben

  1. While there is a lot of focus on the child, as there should be, often parents are lost in the mix as the grieve for the child that they takes a while to recalibrate for the child you have.

  2. Hi Terri-I work at the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) in Watertown, MA and we’ve been talking about your Ben story line. First-thank you for writing it–so many parents feel isolated and overwhelmed-especially when a diagnosis is new. At AANE we are parents of children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum and professionals. We connect with parents every day by phone and email (for free) to help them understand Asperger’s, see their child’s strengths and feel more hopeful about the future, and provide practical guidance to navigate the challenges they encounter. Let me know when we might be able to connect-I’d enjoy talking with you about this. Thanks very much–

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