If I’m Being Honest… The System is Failing Our Autistic Adults

If I’m Being Honest… The System is Failing Our Autistic Adults

The month of April is just a few short days away and while it’s notoriously known for bringing awareness to autism, I am a huge proponent of using this monthly platform to educate about the sad realities for autistic adults and the overwhelming need for autism ACCEPTANCE and inclusion. All parents have hopes and dreams…

Sibling Shadows

Sibling Shadows

With much of my life and the majority of my social media posts revolving around autism, the impact that diagnosis has on each member of our family – particularly my daughter, often goes unaddressed. Parenting neurotypical children while simultaneously managing the ups and downs and countless unknowns of a special needs child is extremely hard….

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

I’m going to be completely honest and vulnerable here. I’ve been struggling with my emotions the last few weeks and haven’t really felt much like writing, talking or doing much of anything. I don’t usually let my feelings thoroughly overtake me, but this is a really momentous year for our family – one that seemed…

My Courageous Son – You Are An Inspiration

My Courageous Son – You Are An Inspiration

Until I became the mother to an incredible son with autism, I had always associated courage with someone who exudes great bravery, like running into a burning building or pulling an injured motorist from their mangled car to safety.  Being courageous is actually having the moral strength and quality of spirit to face difficulty and…

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

From the minute you become a parent, the overwhelming fear and concern sets in.  You constantly question whether every choice or decision you make on your child’s behalf is the right one.  When your child has special-needs, the endless self-doubt triples. The options for schooling seldom are plentiful or a perfect fit, so when an…

The Impact of Childhood Experiences on Parenting

The Impact of Childhood Experiences on Parenting

A person’s upbringing can explain a lot about their views, values and perspectives regarding every situation or difficulty they encounter.  We each gather various life lessons and personality traits along the way which impacts every decision we make and how we choose to parent our children.  When I reflect back on my own childhood experiences,…