How To Survive An Autism Crisis

How To Survive An Autism Crisis

Parents of children on the autism spectrum know all too well that things can take a turn for the worst at any given moment. If your situation is anything like mine, it often happens when you least expect it. Autism Crisis Examples: You’re having a nice family dinner...
The Day I Was A Bad Mom

The Day I Was A Bad Mom

I have a confession to make. And it’s a biggie. Yesterday I let my 18-year-old autistic son play video games for 4 hours straight. Yes, you read that correctly, FOUR hours. According to the recommended screen-time rules of my helicopter-parenting generation, I am...
How To Make Autism Awareness Month Really Count: Part 1

How To Make Autism Awareness Month Really Count: Part 1

  Every April I am reminded to adorn my house with blue lights, post infographics on social media and give to my “favorite charity”. I field well-meaning comments from family and friends letting me know they are thinking of me, and asking where they can donate in...
Giving: Examining Our Motives

Giving: Examining Our Motives

  In Part 1, I told my own family’s story, and shared a few of my own opinions about autism awareness month. So, how can you best support a family living with autism? Making Autism Awareness Month count this April means supporting a family who is living...
What Families Living With Autism Really Need

What Families Living With Autism Really Need

  In part 2, I introduced the idea of asking an autism family you love, what they need. This can get tricky. You see, as the mother in an autism family myself, and as a clinician who has spent countless hours with autism families, there’s something I have to make...