Life before diagnosis…

Like most of you who have had a child diagnosed with ASD, our journey was a struggle. Before the diagnosis, I felt desperate and confused. One minute my son seemed so “normal” and the next minute he was melting down because he could not tie his shoes! I distinctly...

What are limitations anyway?

On the one hand, there is nothing more compassionate we can do than to understand our loved ones with autism and be compassionate about their struggles. If you are a parent and trying to “therapize” a child into being non-autistic, or into acting like someone who is...

For the love of our Autistic Children!

I am so grateful and pleased by the outpouring of likes, shares and comments from our Facebook group to our Holiday message about honoring my son’s gifts. It became crystal clear to me that many of you feel the same way about your children and grandchildren that I...

A Gift For Our Children

The was a National Autism Academy FaceBook post from me on December 19th: I recently visited a school that only serves children on the autism spectrum. The woman who gave me the tour confirmed what I have seen in my own son so often. Our kids, especially if they are...

Linchpin and Lightning Rod

My son depends on me. Like the rest of you who are parents of children on the spectrum, I play a vital role in my son’s life; advocating, understanding, adapting and helping him traverse and survive in the world as it is.  In spite of my son’s difficulty in expressing...