Sneek Peek - Chapter 1 For Autism Awareness Day, I am sharing the introductory narrative to Chapter 1 in my book, Conversations About Autism. The first chapter is titled Autism Awareness: What do families want you to know? ------------------------------------------------------------ Autism awareness first requires a little understanding about what autism actually is. Awareness, however, involves so … Continue reading Autism Awareness Day 2020
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Most women have probably walked into a public restroom at some point and seen a mother with a little boy. In today’s world, it is probably not safe to send a young boy alone into the men’s restroom. What if the boy that mother had in tow were fourteen? What if an older teen boy … Continue reading The Boy in the Woman’s Restroom
I’m a retired teacher, right? Talking in front of people is not a problem. I spent twenty years talking in front of people. Well, groups of about twenty kids under nine. They were not always an easy audience. At the start of each year I also spoke to their collective parents. Then I spent five … Continue reading Speaking on Autism
Where are we as a society today when it comes to autism awareness? What does the term mean or, more importantly, what does someone who is “aware” of autism do differently than someone who is not? These are questions I sometimes ask myself. Parents of children with autism have told me that their child does … Continue reading What is Autism Awareness?
At some point, many of us are caregivers for someone. If we are parents, we were at one time responsible for the health, feeding, clothing, sheltering, and safety of our young children. Maybe we have adult children, parents, spouses, or siblings who come under our care for short or long periods of time. When my … Continue reading Autism and Respite Care
Where does your child with autism like to play? Is there a gym near you where your child is not only accepted but welcomed with special equipment that is tailored to his needs? We Rock the Spectrum is special sensory gym with locations all around the United States. One mother I know recommended one of … Continue reading A Sensory Gym
Do you believe that things sometimes happen for a reason? I’m talking about the sequence of events that, though unconnected, seem to be connected. Some people may call these sequences coincidence, synchronicity, a twist of fate, or Godwinks. I do believe things often happen for a reason. Often, experiences seem to relate in unexpected ways. … Continue reading Synchronicity or Godwinks?
I don’t know if you’ve heard the term refrigerator mother. Well see, I’m of that era…and I wish I could remember the first book I read. It was by a doctor. It was a huge book and after I read it, I said, “Oh, this is [my son].” It was about autism. These are the … Continue reading Autism and Refrigerator Moms
Does your child with autism know about the diagnosis? When did you tell him or her? As an adult on the spectrum, how did you find out that you have autism? At my cafe book signing last fall, a young woman walked up to my table with her daughter. I don’t think she was in … Continue reading Telling Your Child He Has Autism