It’s fascinating how quickly the world can change. Among those who behave inappropriately during a pandemic, there are far more who show kindness and provide humanitarian efforts. These are the happenings I choose to cherish during this uncertain time. As of late, I smile to myself as I jog by a house in our neighborhood. … Continue reading A Pandemic, A Quarantine, and Autism
The first time it happened it pained me deeply. As it continued to occur, I felt utterly distraught, helpless, and bewildered. You see, when my daughter with autism attacks, she seems like a different person. She’s not the sweet, loving girl we know. To put it frankly, she’s scary. I hate the Jekyll and Hyde … Continue reading The Attack
As I walked into school with my daughter, Brynn, there was another girl right behind us. I’ve interacted with her before. She’s a bit nosey and tends to ask questions at the worst time, but a she’s a sweet girl. In one of my previous post, I wrote about Brynn’s incident on the school bus. … Continue reading Triggers
Take one Kids can be embarrassing, am I right?! Nothing gets you over embarrassment than being a parent, especially of a special needs child. Let me explain. Yesterday began just fine. Nothing out of the norm. We did have a blissful weekend of lazy mornings, so maybe being back in the swing of things made … Continue reading A Tale of a Special Needs Parent
There are few places on this Earth where the separation of before, now and after is as thin and obvious as what you may find in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of your local hospital. Call it what you will – religious, spiritual or even scientific – but there is something unexplainable and beyond … Continue reading I need you to fight.
I’m going to be very straightforward in saying one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when parents of typical children claim they know the struggles of an autistic child’s meltdown or tantrum... The logical part of my brain realizes they’re just trying to commiserate, BUT a typical child’s meltdown is NOT the same as a … Continue reading Autism, Meltdowns, & Tantrums
Today, I arrived at my daughter’s school earlier than usual. I decided to surpass our normal routine of waiting in the pick up zone and parked my car in the lot. It was one of those days in the Pacific Northwest when the sun was out and temperatures mild. It’s basically mandatory to be outside … Continue reading Autism, Fear, & Elopement