Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month, and many of you may have read articles or facts about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the month. Much of the information that is pushed out there to increase awareness of Autism lacks something important: awareness of the people who actually have Autism. We talk a lot about symptoms of ASD, the difficulties parents might face, and the hurdles people with ASD might have to jump over in school, but we rarely take a close look at the individuals who experience these things, and many times you don’t hear about the positive characteristics of these individuals. As this article points out, for those who don’t know how Autism affects individuals, it might

The Importance of Support

Being the parent of a child with a disability or special needs can be extremely overwhelming and, at times, isolating. It’s not that people don’t want to support you or be there for you, because most of your friends and family will want to support you. What can cause you to feel isolated is what comes after the diagnosis. As you learn to navigate life with a new diagnosis (learning about your child’s diagnosis, managing new behaviors, finding adapted equipment, arranging doctor and counseling appointments and IEP meetings, etc.), you may find yourself unintentionally pulling away and diving into making life work for you and your child. Or you may pull away intentionally as you feel you fit i

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