Q: Why were you late today? A: um…sugar

A lot has been weighing on my mind lately.   Today, on my out for work Max was going into his compulsive breakfast behavior.  There are a few behaviors that occur regularly that have become obsessive.  As most parents and especially parents of children on the spectrum, small simple things can take hours to getContinue reading “Q: Why were you late today? A: um…sugar”

PARC first to help

PARC was the first agency to help my son.  I tried to get help first from Early Steps. We went through the evaluation but my son did not score low enough to start receiving services.  When I sent my son to a private school, they suggested the PARC Family Focus Program.  The Family Focus ProgramContinue reading “PARC first to help”

So you think your child may have autism?

Most parents notice signs or differences in their child around age 2.  The timeline to noticing differences or having concerns about your child’s development and getting a diagnosis can  take up to 3 years. So, parents have years of trying to find therapists, work with schools and determine what works for their child. It canContinue reading “So you think your child may have autism?”

When I noticed my son was different

At around the age of 2, I noticed my son  wasn’t doing the same things as my friends sons were doing.  He didn’t have the language, play skills or eye contact that the other children had.  He seemed to be in his own world, he  just wanted to watch and play with himself.  He wasContinue reading “When I noticed my son was different”

life as a mother to a son with autism

Dear life, I didn’t see this one coming!  But, I laugh and smile.  You see life, you have a way of making things come full circle.  Back in the good `ole days, before kids and husbands; I would spend A LOT of time with some very cool women that are great friends.  They would haveContinue reading “life as a mother to a son with autism”

A journey of education, access, advocating and love! MAXimize your knowledge of autism through stories, tips and action.

Welcome!  The blog has been changed, re-organized, and re-focused.  I encourage you to also visit ruthbrunson.wordpress.com for academic coaching and tutoring related to all kids but especially to those on the spectrum.  

Happy Cry

  I had two stressful days….well, I’ve had a stressful four months. Today, when I opened my son’s folder from school there was a note from the teacher.  There is normally a note.  However, today was different.  “Max had a great day. He was able to express his needs/wants with us.”    And then I startContinue reading “Happy Cry”

It’s working!!!!

So, I am proud to say that “IT”S WORKING!!!” It’s been a long 4-5 months but the changes that have been put into place are working!  School, private speech, private OT, social skills class and home are all on the same page.  Every adult that assists Max has commented in the last 6 days howContinue reading “It’s working!!!!”

mommy stress keeping you up?

WOW! Do you ever have those feelings where you are actually looking forward to going to work in the morning.  And if only it was time to be up and get ready for the day. That’s how I feel today at 2am.  I cannot sleep, I am having real mommy stress.  I had no ideaContinue reading “mommy stress keeping you up?”