I received an email about a month ago for something that I knew I HAD to be a part of. What I was not expecting was the solidarity of my family towards my decision. It has now turned into a family event complete with a team name….


Simply Reine will be taking part in Kennedy Krieger Institute’s 11th annual ROAR FOR AUTISM 5K Run / Fun Walk on April 26, 2015.  Registration fees, sponsorships and donations will support autism research and treatment programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute. We chose to do the Fun Walk so that Reine could actually take part in the event and not watch from the side lines.

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In case you did not know, Kennedy Krieger is where we go to for Reine’s diagnoses and treatments. You can not research autism without finding at least one study or reference made by Kennedy Krieger or about Kennedy Krieger.  They are in my opinion, they are one of the leading institutes in autism research and treatment.

They have given me guidance and recommendations for things that have helped me to begin to navigate into Reine’s world and to help her navigate into ours. I am not sure where my family would be without them. The difference I have seen in Reine in the last couple of months has been UNREAL. She is more at peace with herself and with us. Her stress and frustration levels are significantly lower than they were pre diagnosis.  Don’t get me wrong, we still have our days where we feel like we are hitting our heads against a brick wall, but that is to be expected. There is a learning curve / process we are learning. But we are finally starting to understand her and her needs. I can take her into stores and places with crowds now. It is AMAZING to watch her take it all in and know that she is no longer so overstimulated that she feels the desperate need to escape. We get to watch her truly enjoy herself and take part in the world around her. I am learning her needs and what we have do to help her to navigate into our world. None of this would be happening or even possible without Kennedy Krieger Institute and their AMAZING staff.

There will be VERY few times, if ever, I will ever ask you for anything. This is one of those times. Simply Reine has set a goal of $1000 to donate to ROAR FOR AUTISM. If we reach our goal, we will set another one and do our best to achieve it.

We need your help and support.


If you want to sponsor us, donate on our behalf, support us and cheer us on, I would be forever grateful. If you are going to be in the Baltimore area and want to join Simply Reine as we do the 5K Run / Fun Walk to support ROAR FOR AUTISM we would LOVE to have you on our team.

Click the following links if you want more information….

Kennedy Krieger


Simply Reine

Dr. Reine Will See You Now

When it comes to dress up with Reine, it is an all or nothing approach with her. For the longest time she was “Jake” the pirate from Jake and the Neverland Pirates TV show. We were all given character names she choose for us based on the TV show. Then came the Octonauts and mermaids from H2O (an Aussie mermaid series on Netflix). Somewhere in all of this she became Doc McStuffins. While she outgrew Doc McStuffins, she did not outgrow the LOVE of being a doctor.

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 When Reine decides to be a character, she IS that character. Those lucky enough to be in her inner world are all cast as characters in her scripted play. Seriously, we are told what to say, when to say it, and how to respond.

Recently, we decided to spend a week and immerse ourselves in the world of Dr Reine. She spent 3 whole days in this dress up costume before I could get it off of her. It was washed gently (and very quickly) and returned to her to wear for another 3 days. Anyway, here are the highlights of our week with Dr. Reine…..


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Seaside Wellness Center is now officially open 7 days a week for business. Walk-ins are welcome, although Dr. Reine is known to be away from her clinic for periodic dance breaks, playtimes, homeschooling, wreaking of general chaos and havoc, and of course swimming with her mermaid friends.

Although Dr. Reine specializes in Mermaids, Humboldt Squids, Dolphins, Seahorses, Octopi, and Sea Turtles, she will never turn anyone away that needs attention and care.

No money? It’s ok, Dr. Reine accepts many unique forms of payments including….

  • Hugs
  • Kisses
  • Snuggling
  • Treasure Hunting
  • Gifts of all forms

Seaside Wellness Center offers many amenities including…..

  • A comfortable waiting area with enough room for all that need to be seen.
  • State of the art Xrays (printed and laminated to always keep them smudge free and safe).
  • A wide variety of patient forms for anyone stuffed, made of plastic, and even for real live humans.
  • Written prescriptions if needed.
  • Free Eye exams.

Hope to see you soon!!

And Don’t Forget Our Motto…..

May You Always Be Living Free and In The Wild!