April 2nd is autism awareness day all over the world. Just this week I read an amazing article written in 2017 and published on Huffpost about how we should bring awareness by honoring our own spectrum children instead of celebrating just the success cases. huffpost: Let's start honoring people with autism by stopping the celebration … Continue reading Autism Awareness or Celebrate Autism?
In May, one year ago, my son could not swim. He loved the water but if he jumped in, he would sink to the bottom like a heavy rock! With summer approaching and a holiday weekend, many families have picnics and fun gatherings. One of the most common concerns with children with autism is wandering. … Continue reading Summer Swim Safety
What a nightmare! Finding a summer camp for a typical child can be difficult; then add a child under 5 that has a developmental delay or a diagnosed condition. I dream about the day that early intervention is really supported and funded so that children under 5 that are placed in the public school programs … Continue reading Summer Camps
When you first realize that your child is struggling to develop at the same level as other children their age, you begin the early intervention process. Little did you know that you would have to learn a new language: acronyms. Below is a list of acronyms that I have learned over the years working through … Continue reading IEP, PBIB, ABA, OT, SLP… What does all this mean?
The topic of marriage is always a discussion that leads to statistic rates and normally includes a discussion of divorce. I have written about divorce, autism and denial before and understand the reality that divorce is far too common among couples who have a child with autism or special needs child. I recently read in … Continue reading Marriage and Autism
Tips and Tricks this Halloween Trick or Treating with small children with autism Have a child under 5 that is developmentally delayed or have a child with diagnosed autism? Here are my five tips and tricks for this Halloween when going trick or treating. Comfort and liking the costume First, the child must be comfortable … Continue reading Trick or Treat
Dear Ruth, It's been a real tough journey over the last year and three years. You have hung in there well but you cannot keep this pace. Ruth, you are so strong and Max is so lucky to have you fight for him. At times, I didn't know if you or I would make it; … Continue reading A Letter to Myself