What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism
Autism | Parenting | Sensory Processing Disorder

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Although it’s been years, it seems like yesterday.  This is what I wish someone had told me when my son was diagnosed with autism.  It’s been eight years since my son received his autism diagnosis.  As I look back at all the progress we’ve made, and how much our life has changed for the better,…

This Is What Happens When My Expectations Of Motherhood Don’t Match My Reality
Autism | Motherhood

This Is What Happens When My Expectations Of Motherhood 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…

The Language We Learn As Parents Of Children With Special Needs
Motherhood | Special Needs

The Language We Learn As Parents Of Children With Special Needs

A sweet friend of mine cracked a joke last week that got me thinking. She is from the South and lives in Southern California. When asked by a multilingual world traveler, she shared that she also speaks more than one language – English and “Southern”. (I love this by the way…my grandma was from the…

How Our Holidays Have Changed Since My Son’s Autism Diagnosis
Autism | Sensory Processing Disorder

How Our Holidays Have Changed Since My Son’s Autism Diagnosis

“I want a roll,” my son said through clenched teeth, anxiously staring at all the food laid out on the table. “Let’s try some turkey too…just a little,” I coaxed, feeling embarrassed that my sister had slaved all day long, making a huge Thanksgiving meal for us, and my son was about to meltdown over…