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Hall Of Famer Jim Palmer And The Heartbreak Of Autism

Roy Firestone | Posted 07.14.2016 | Sports
Roy Firestone

Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer wears the "Autism Speaks" pin on his lapel whenever he is in public and especially when he broadcasts ball games for the Orioles on the MASN TV network. But Palmer and his wife Susan would rather talk about Spencer, their 19-year-old son, than they would baseball.

Political Journalist Ron Fournier Opens Up About Raising A Son With Autism

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 04.26.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Author Ron Fournier has a message for all the parents out there who are raising children with autism. In a new video for HuffPost Rise, Fournier, a p...

When I Say, 'My Child Has Autism,' and You Say, 'I'm Sorry'

Angela Ashton Smith | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Angela Ashton Smith

"I'm sorry" is something you say to someone when they've experienced a loss. Nothing about my child being autistic is a loss to me. The day she was given her diagnosis, we didn't lose a "normal" child. To the contrary, we gained so much!

One Mom Explains What It's Like To Be A Parent With Autism

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents

For Dena Gassner, a mother of two, being diagnosed with autism at 38 years old was a game-changer. "It doesn't define me, but it explains me... I've b...

Holly Robinson Peete's Answer To Son's Pointed Question, 'Do I Have Autism Still?'

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 04.07.2016 | OWN

Holly Robinson Peete has always been open about her family's experience with autism, following son RJ's diagnosis at age 3. She's talked about her "se...

5 Myths About Raising A Child With Autism That Need To Go Away

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.06.2016 | Parents

Myth #1: You caused it. Years ago, when early autism researchers probed its causes they quickly zeroed in on their suspected culprit: Parents. More s...

Autism's Big Elephant In The Room

Holly Robinson Peete | Posted 04.01.2016 | OWN
Holly Robinson Peete

When some autism parents who are at their wits end dare to doubt, question or voice their concerns and desire for more conversations and research about potential effects of environmental triggers -- including inoculations, GMOs, pesticides and other things -- it can be met with cruel indifference and mean-spirited name calling.

Video Shows An Ordinary Day From The Perspective Of A Kid With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents

For some kids with autism, even the most seemingly simple tasks and events can be overwhelming. But it can be hard for others to fully comprehend what...

Ten Things Not to Say to an Autism Mom...Really

Jasmine Cardinal | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Jasmine Cardinal

I have been itching to write this for at least a couple of years now. When I decided to take the plunge and actually start blogging, this was one of the first things that came to my head. So without further ado....

Holly Robinson Peete Refuses To Use 'Limiting' Language To Describe Her Son

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents

Actress Holly Robinson Peete sat down with HuffPost Live on Wednesday and opened up about the journey her family has faced since her son RJ was diagno...

A Day in the Life of a Special Needs Mother

Mary Hickey | Posted 03.18.2016 | Parents
Mary Hickey

It was not my first IEP meeting. Hardly. My 75th team meeting to be exact. With three boys on the autism spectrum, I am a professional IEP parent.

Dad Finds Out He Has Autism After His Daughter's Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents

When a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the news can offer greater clarity and resources. For Australian parents Chris and Jessica Of...

Why You Need to Swear the Night's Watch Oath Before Watching My Son With Autism

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Kelsey Timmerman

Griffin, 4, has autism and a deep curiosity to explore places where he shouldn't be -- all of our cabinets, no matter how high, the top of the refrigerator, the inside of a stranger's unlocked car, the tub of the dryer. You could say he's part spelunker or mountain goat. In autism lingo, he's an "eloper."

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

Shawna Wingert | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. And yet for many years, in our family, it was one of the worst. After finally getting his diagnosis, and learning more and more about my son's needs, we have taken a much different approach to celebrating the holidays.

The Saddest Part of Being a Mom to a Young Adult With Autism

Kate Welch | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

This is the silent pain that everyone who loves someone with autism quietly bears. The emotional skills we have spent a lifetime acquiring and perfecting fail us. Our children suffer. We suffer because they suffer. And there is nothing anyone can do to fix it.

Parents Open Up About Their Biggest Challenges Raising Children With Autism

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents

As estimates of the number of children with autism spectrum disorders continue to soar, and our understanding of the developmental disorder slowly dee...

When Church Hurts

Shawna Wingert | Posted 08.18.2016 | Religion
Shawna Wingert

No one tells you that church and sensory issues are like oil and water. They don't mention it in occupational therapy, or when you get the diagnosis, or even in the books that talk about what to expect. Yet every mom I know that has a unique little one like mine, has experienced it.

How and When to Talk to Your Kids about Autism and Difference

Julie M Green | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Julie M Green

It's one thing deciding to tell strangers your child has autism or some other "invisible" disability, but when is the right time to tell your child?

To the Mom Whose Autistic Daughter Was Kicked Off Plane

Julie M Green | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact
Julie M Green

You don't know me, but I've been thinking about you ever since I read about your family's experience on that United flight. I wish I had been sitting in the aisle across from you when you tried to explain to the crew about Juliette -- about how she needed to eat something hot because when she's hungry, she gets distressed.

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

Why I (Almost) Broke Up With IKEA

Julie M Green | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Just as more and more businesses are opening their doors to kids with differences, you weren't able to think outside your own big blue and yellow box that afternoon.

Odin's Birthday Was Spectacular, But This Mom's Not Celebrating

Julie M Green | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Maybe for kids like Odin -- for kids like mine -- inviting the whole class or some dozen kids is only setting up our kids for disappointment and humiliation when no one shows up.

5 New Year's Resolutions for an Autism Mom

Julie M Green | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

I do the best I can, sure. But some days, my best falls short of good enough. My son is a tremendous kid. He deserves an equally tremendous -- at least most of the time -- mom. So in that spirit of self-improvement and self-awareness, I resolve to the following.

5 Life Lessons From Moms Who've Been There, Done Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

We're always told to look to our elders for advice. We're supposed to take it firsthand from those who've "been there, done that." But when you have a child with autism, it often feels like you're making your way through an endless dark tunnel with no Yoda to guide you.

The Great Disclosure Debate: When Should You Tell Strangers Your Child Has Autism?

Julie M Green | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

Is it better to be upfront about your kid's disorder to bemused strangers, or to keep your private business private?