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What No One Tells You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism

Every autism mom I know remembers the moment she heard the word. The moment the doctor confirmed what somewhere, deep down inside, she already knew. The moment the diagnosis was confirmed. The moment it became official. Your child has autism. That moment is a big one in our lives. It's the moment that marks no turning back. And a new life, whether we like...Read More

Things Doctors Just Shouldn’t Say To A Special Needs Mom

"Where do all these diagnoses come from? Are your children adopted?" I hung up the phone with the doctor a few minutes later and thought, "Well, add that to the list of awkward moments as a mom of children with special needs." There have been so many questions and comments over the years that have floored me. From professionals. From folks who deal with...Read More

When My Expectations Don’t Match My Reality

"I think you might be losing sight of the fact that he has an autism spectrum diagnosis. That's not going away. We need to talk about adjusting your expectations." This is what the behavioral pediatrician told me in our appointment last week. She said it in response to me telling her all the things we were "working on" and all the things that were...Read More

Separation Anxiety and The Older Child

When my son was two, he screamed any time I left the house. Tears would flow and ruin my makeup every single day on the way to work. I was never really sure how to process all the emotion that welled up inside me, hearing his cries. He's only two. It's developmentally appropriate. He needs to learn he can live without you and that...Read More

To My Son’s Doctor

I hung up the phone with tears in my eyes. The office had not even sent the paperwork yet. Two weeks...wasted. Two weeks of my son being in increasing pain, complete overload, and struggling to participate in everyday life. Two weeks of waiting by the phone for the specialist to call and schedule an appointment. Two weeks...gone. Why? According to the gal on the...Read More