I realized that I never told Syd that she has autism. It wasn’t that I was ashamed or didn’t want her to identify with her autism. I didn’t know if she would understand. Over time when Syd has struggled at school, with social situations. I began to bring up the A word. Syd loves her … More I Forgot To Tell Sydney She Has Autism
I wish it was that easy to throw a flag on the field after a bad call when I’m navigating autism. There are no rules. I think we make them up as we go. Each family has their own set of rules so don’t go trying to enforce our rules on another family. It doesn’t … More I’m Throwing A Flag On The Field
I called on Jesus so much on Wednesday. I’m sure He doesn’t want to hear from me again until Thanksgiving! Wednesday our family accomplished major victories. You can never plan enough for autism and I learned that sometimes all of my planning makes things worse. I thought back to last year when Sydney and I … More Jesus Take The Ferris Wheel And The Waffle Fries
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