Saturday, August 20, 2016

Autism can have an impact on siblings, too.


For our younger typically developing son, two worlds are about to collide soon.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Autism in the headlines

Autism is a mysterious thing. There is so much to learn for society, parents, and those living with Autism. I am just a mom raising two boys. One child is typically developing and one is anything but typical. The developmental gap between the two widens every day. With one child, I know there will be challenges like the first time he goes on a date, decides his mom and dad aren't "cool" anymore, and the birds and bees talk. With the other child, we are blazing a trail. Will I ever face those same challenges? At this point, it is a resounding "I don't know".

Sunday, March 13, 2016

I don't know how you do it.

"I don't know how you do it". Just one of the questions we frequently get when we talk about raising our oldest son, Cameron. He was diagnosed a few weeks after he turned 2 with an Autism spectrum disorder. It wasn't easy to even get to the diagnosis, as we were both in huge amounts of denial, yet our son needed help. My husband and I researched and learned a lot of things in a short amount of time following diagnosis. He performed WELL below the "normal" range in a lot of important categories. He even performed in the less than 1 percentile in some areas. As lifetime overachieving parents,

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Legacies a grandmother leaves

I have been fortunate. I have my mother still alive and well and across town. This isn't the case for everyone. Mother's Day means a lot to people. While I love my mother dearly, and recognize some of the sacrifice any mother goes through, I wonder how she is handling things. You see, HER mother has since passed on. It has been 7 years. I cannot imagine how difficult it has been for her, my aunts, and my great aunts in dealing with this loss in their lives. All I can do is show how her legacy and teachings Continues to live within me. Hopefully, my mom, aunts and great aunts will feel enlightened and uplifted in some way.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Who is my son?

April is here again, and it is autism awareness month. I just placed the t shirt order for our local walk. we use it as a fundraiser for an Autism center that helps kids like mine. I thought now would be a good time to write some things down. This is raw, and honest, and probably not politically correct, but what I say is directly from the heart. This is MY personal journey, and unless you can fully say you walk in my shoes, you have no right to judge. I do want to share this, so that if there is some mom out there in a similar situation, then she knows she is NOT alone.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Surviving Summer

Last summer, as you may recall was a very trying and difficult time. I thought. I was at the end of my rope. My sanity was hanging on by a thread. I was in panic mode this year, starting in mid march when I knew we only had a little while left before school was once again out. I thought, well surely I have enough to show them that my son needs ESY.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lost

The biggest scare of my life came this week. I am not being over dramatic with that statement. We had a brief meeting at Cameron's school for this upcoming year. It was not a big deal at all. We did that little meeting, then the kids and I loaded into the car, and rather than drive back home, I decided to take the kids to a different elementary school to let them play on the playground equipment and burn off some energy. The playground has swings, something my son's school does not, plus a fenced in play area.