Family Room

A blog about a mother’s story of autism.


See Sam Drive, Horse and Cart Edition

Sam started driving lessons about two years ago. Sam would watch other riders at Born 2 Be dress up in costumes and drive their carts in exhibition drills that he…

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Look for the Paul Hollywood handshake

For the first time in three years (thanks, pandemic), equestrians gathered for the statewide Special Olympics in Bryan last weekend. Sometimes, it felt like we hadn’t missed a beat (showmanship…

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Ways to buy Responsible and Responsive Parenting: Between Now and Dreams

Order paperback from Different Roads to Learning Order ebook from Different Roads to Learning Order paperback on Amazon Order Kindle version on Amazon Audiobook coming soon! Related posts: Just in…

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #329

Sam (getting in the car): Get in the back, Fang. Peggy: He’s gotta give you a kiss first. Sam: That’s the thing with love. Sometimes you can’t escape it. Related…

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New! Responsible & Responsive Parenting in Autism: Between Now and Dreams


Different Roads to Learning is thrilled to announce the release of our latest publication, Responsible and Responsive Parenting in Autism: Between Now and Dreams.


Written by Shahla Ala’i-Rosales, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, this book explores the role and responsibility parents face when navigating the treatment and care of their autistic child. Built on the three essential principles of Learning, Connecting, and Loving, Ala’i-Rosales and Heinkel-Wolfe offer guidance and a pathway for parents that is filled with hope and agency for their children. This text can be an excellent addition to parent education sessions or a parent-resource library. In their own words:


“We have a responsibility to raise our children with autism as best we can. Parents cannot sidestep this journey. This work is part of how we all develop as humans—nurturing children in ways that honor their humanity and invite full, rich lives. We offer this book as a roadmap for a joyful and sustainable journey. The essence of this journey relies on three powers; learning, connecting, and loving. Each power informs the other. Each amplifies the other. And each power is essential for meaningful and courageous parenting.”

Autism Book

See Sam Run: A Mother’s Story of Autism

"This is a book written from the heart by a mother nearly driven to madness by her son's maniacal behavior. But she slowly learns how to pay attention to what makes Sam tick, what makes Sam run. And as her journey of discovering what ails Sam unfolds, many parents will find themselves hooked."

-- George Getschow, Writer-in-Residence, Mayborn Graduate
Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas

"See Sam Run is well written and poignant as well as emotionally satisfying for the reader. The author's narrative voice is strong, intelligent and authentic. Her story is one that is important to get out."

-- Dianne Aprile, Spalding University

Thousands of children are diagnosed with autism each year, with a rate of occurrence of 1 in 150 births, compared to 5 per 10,000 just two decades ago. This astounding escalation has professionals scrambling to explain why the devastating neurological disorder, which profoundly affects a person’s language and social development, is on the rise. Are we simply getting better at diagnosing autism, or is a modern health crisis unfolding before us?

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Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. She was among the first members of Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) in California. Following the death of an autistic teenager shot by a police officer, Heinkel-Wolfe helped researchers at the University of North Texas find funding for autism research, including a grant for a police training program now used by police departments across the nation. She lives in Denton, Texas, with her son, Sam, and her two other children, Michael and Paige.