When I heard the word Autism, Dr. Chugani wasn’t telling me anything that I didn’t already know. When he hugged me and sent me on my way that’s really when I heard the word Autism. I didn’t mind the label because now Sydney would actually get the help she needed. I had no idea what … More The Diagnosis
I wonder if me sharing our autism journey made a difference. Is someone now aware of the signs of autism? Does someone understand the need for sensory friendly events? Will someone smile at a parent trying to comfort their child during a meltdown? Will you embrace the child with a disability that is in your … More Have I Taught You Anything?
I may have played the race card once or twice. It wasn’t what you think. I didn’t use my blackness to get admitted into school, ask for special treatment or to scream racism. It was when I was with friends and they wanted to rent a plane for skydiving and I had to remind them … More Playing The Autism Card
Special needs parents I see you! I see the pain in your eyes because I’ve been there and some days I’m still where you are now. Here are some things that I don’t want you to do. Don’t apologize for your child’s disability. Don’t feel sorry for your child. Don’t push people away. Don’t hide … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Special Needs Parenting
She wouldn’t look at me or answer when I called her. She drifted away from our family. Her communication was screaming, hitting, biting, throwing objects and grunting. I was told to put her in a group home at four years old. I was told that we lost her and we should move on with our … More 1 in 59
I may lose my black card for this blog but it’s definitely worth it. I get very excited for the month of April, especially April 2nd. I think maybe even more excited than Black History Month. On April 2nd we Light It Up Blue to raise awareness and acceptance for Autism. For the entire month … More I Think I Love April More Than Black History Month
I know God only gives you what you can handle. Or at least that’s what I’m told every time I mention Sydney’s autism. I almost forgot He only gives special needs children to special parents, right? Well guess what? I’m not that special. I don’t have the inside scoop on how to parent a child … More I’m Really Not That Special Karen