What No One Tells You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism #autism #autismmom #specialneeds

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

Does My Child Really Need These Treatments, Therapies and Interventions?

A few weeks ago, I shared that we were getting a psychiatric service dog for my 11-year-old son. For the past few months, I have openly shared the different therapies and interventions we employ for both my sweet boys. For three years, I have tried to explain, as best I can while still protecting some shred of my children's privacy, the realities of our day-to-day...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

Seen and Unseen Disabilities (what I learned when my son used a wheelchair)

The day I ordered my son's wheelchair was not a good one. Just pressing the "ship now" button made my heart hurt. After years of autism therapies and anxiety medications. After years of doctor's appointments and educational evaluations. After years of learning everything possible about his sensory system and urgent need for tactile input. After what felt like years of so much, he was...Read More