Rebecca Faye Smith Galli is a freelance writer and columnist who resides in Lutherville, Maryland.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Pathfinders for Autism.  You can learn more about her and read more of her work at From Where I Sit.

The Same, But Different

Either way, I knew I was going to cry.

My son answered the phone, covered the mouthpiece, and whispered the admission director’s name. 

Explaining Autism to a Younger Brother

I couldn’t take a bite of my salad—he wouldn’t let me. 

Traveling Expectantly

It's always an expectant trip. We leave around 10:00 a.m. for the 58-mile drive to have lunch with my daughter, Each Tuesday is the same--yet different. We never know which Madison will greet us.

Summer Camp Begins with Winter Work

Summer’s coming! We may have dodged the extreme snowfall of recent years, but not the planning required to make sure our kids with autism have summer activities ...

When "Mom" Doesn't Know Best

It’s that time of year again for our family—the preparation for Madison’s Individualized Educational Plan ... 


It’s the phone call you don’t want to receive. “Ms. Galli,” she began. “This is Ashley from Camp Greentop.” My heart sank, wondering what Madison had done ...