Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which has served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist and as a mother to a child with autism. She lives in Texas with her two daughters, a professional-at-napping Greyhound/Lab mix and her husband Brandon of 13 years. You can connect with her on Twitter @JenniferDyer, on her blog JenniferDyer.net, and on Facebook. You can also find her on MomLifeToday and Moretobe.

Articles by Jennifer Dyer

Another Unexpected Detour: Cancer

I dislike detours. Forcing an unexpected direction change on people is a recipe for road rage. In the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, road work is constant, so detours are a way of life. The worst kind, a detour within a detour! By the time I get back to a regular road, I wonder if I’m still […] Read More >

Autism: Facing the Unexpected Detour in Life’s Journey

Diagnosis Day I won’t forget the day Rachel was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder. I sat in a dim room surrounded by professionals who had participated in our marathon of testing. When the doctor said “severe autism” a tsunami swept over me, pulling me under its cruel waves. Sobs jerked from my chest. I […] Read More >

Bullying: 8 Points of Perspective

The other day, Eldest and a friend came home from school upset because a group of boys had ganged up on them. The verbal abuse was upsetting, but fortunately not physical. It brought back memories of my own childhood. But it also reminded me of a woman I met a while back, Sylvia*. Sylvia was […] Read More >

Compassion for Mean Girls?

Publishers note:  Here is a glimpse into a mature well balanced conversation between a mom and daughter as they discuss a typical ‘mean girls’ situation.  Note, they are discussing mean girl talk, not serial bullying.  Serial bullying requires intervention by an adult.  Now listen in. . . As Eldest gets older, we are dealing with […] Read More >

Loving Others: When They Seem Unlovable

We recently hosted a large slumber party to celebrate Eldest’s birthday. We were new to the community, so many of the girls were not familiar with the “special” challenges we face as a family. Most of the evening went fine. However… bullying showed up! Our younger daughter Rachel is on the severe end of the […] Read More >

The Necessity of Community

The other day I heard my favorite radio announcer discussing the need for community. “The church,” he said, must work harder to reach out to the lonely. My first thought was, “Yeah, those pastors need to get to work.” My second thought chopped me off at the knees. “Who is “the church,” really? Is it […] Read More >