“What should we get the boy for Christmas?” Another year, same phone call. It’s not an unusual question to get from grandparents, whether your kid is autistic or not. Of course with my neurotypical boy, the answer’s easy: anything Power Rangers, Lego, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, or Black Panther-related is going to be a hit. With my autistic boy, though? That one’s a little tougher. Part … Continue reading Having Himself a Merry Little Autistic Christmas
Didn’t we JUST get through the holidays? I could swear I just got all the holiday decorations packed up and put back in the garage. Of course as fast as I work, that’s not a real good indicator of how much time has actually passed since the last go round of holiday hullabaloos. So here we are again, getting geared up for another marathon month … Continue reading A Spectrum of Feasting
I’m a firm believer that you can’t advocate for a group without letting the very people you’re trying to support lead the way. My son is the autistic one. He calls the shots (in his own way). I’m just the support team. I’m well aware that there are things he goes through that I’m most likely never going to be able to identify with, even … Continue reading I’m A NT Parent, Not An Enemy To The Autistic Community
Maybe you saw it coming. Maybe the idea never even crossed your mind. Either way, your child has just been diagnosed. So where do you start? By taking a deep breath, and not doing anything. Don’t start reading pamphlets. Don’t start calling therapists. For the love of God, DON’T JUMP ON-LINE. Go home and take a moment to remember everything you knew about your baby the day … Continue reading When Your Child Is Diagnosed Autistic – First Step
It’s not unusual to question if you’re doing enough when you’re raising an autistic child. Part of that is just general anxiety. The other is worrying over whether or not the reason he or she isn’t making the progress you’re hoping for because you’re not giving them enough time, therapy, guidance, etc. It’s hard to benchmark as well, because every autistic child is unique. … Continue reading Too Little Or Too Much?
There are things that give me more anxiety than the start of a new school year. Acid rain. Nuclear winter. The off-chance one of the boys will discover “Caillou” on one of our streaming services. Yes, there are things that I agonize over more that the start of school. Not many, though. When you have small kids, it’s only natural to be a little nervous … Continue reading School Daze
Sometimes it feels like we’re raising our boy under a ticking clock. To some degree, every parent feels that way. We tend to judge ourselves by how quickly our kids reach certain milestones. The points at which our children start to walk, talk, read, etc. tend to set the standard by which we judge their progress, along with our own. It’s no different when you’re parenting a child … Continue reading The Ticking Clock