Words of wisdom for families with a child newly diagnosed with autism
It’s been 12 years since my son was diagnosed with autism. That’s 12 years of doing the best I can to right both his world and mine--not by disregarding his diagnosis, trying to “fix him” or make him be someone he is not--but by learning, advocating and sadly, screwing up.
Crying *foul* over high functioning, low functioning labels
We may not have found the box my friend’s son belongs in because there is no one size fits all box.
5 ways to make your home more autism-friendly for the holidays
Individuals with autism can feel overwhelmed, anxious and withdrawn over the holidays. Here are how to make this season a bit more friendly for them.
Keep chugging along
In the photo of my great nephew staring at Thomas, a memory came crashing through the recessed part of my brain to the forefront and there was no way to send it back. God I tried.
Worth the risk
When we were talking about friends and his desire to be “anti-social” as he calls it, I asked if that’s what he wants. He took a minute to gather his thoughts. "I don't know if it's worth the risk," he said as he stared out the car window.
Back-to-school tips for your child with an ASD
With the end of summer quickly approaching, most parents have both a sense of relief and dread. Usually by August, […]
Pick me up please. Again.
He began talking about the causes of autism and that’s when I started to slip. I felt that same ache in my heart that I felt 13 years ago.
I can’t look away
With every costume change I see the little boy who melted down when the seasons changed and it was time for a different coat... With every photo he poses for with cast mates, I see the little boy who always played alone.
“I’m not going to be so autistic”
You know how we have those moments that no matter how much time passes we know we will always remember, […]
Words to make friends by: Keeping it real
I tried to hide my tears. Maybe everyone at the gym who happened to see my wet face would just […]