What No One Tells You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism
Autism | Sensory Processing Disorder

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

When your child is diagnosed with autism, a new stage of life begins. This is what I wish someone would’ve told me.  Every mom with a child on the spectrum 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…

Sleep Deprivation and Mothering a Child with Special Needs
Autism | Parenting

Sleep Deprivation and Mothering a Child with Special Needs

Sleep deprivation and mothering a child with special needs – I am writing this to remind myself, and maybe you, that sleep deprivation has an impact on our mothering. There is no way around it. I celebrated my 44th birthday last summer. My family blessed me with exactly the right gift – two nights away…

One Of The Most Difficult Parts Of Sensory Processing Disorder: Bathing
Autism | Parenting | Sensory Processing Disorder

One Of The Most Difficult Parts Of Sensory Processing Disorder: Bathing

It’s hands down, one of the most difficult parts of my son’s sensory processing disorder: Bathing. My son has never been one for baths. It was evident from the start. When he was just a couple of weeks old, he was admitted to a children’s hospital. He was desperately ill, and no one knew why….

The Constant Turmoil Of Parenting A Child With Special Needs
Autism | Parenting | pediatric mood disorders

The Constant Turmoil Of Parenting A Child With Special Needs

The constant turmoil of parenting a child with special needs is difficult to describe. But it is real.  “It feels like our lives are totally out of control. And there is nothing I can do about it,” my husband replied. I looked at my son’s doctor, wondering what she might say. She looked down at…