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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 de...

When Church Hurts

Shawna Wingert | Posted 08.18.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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?

The Good Samaritan Within Us

Randy Hain | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Randy Hain

I am sharing this brief story with you as encouragement that we all have a good samaritan somewhere deep within us. It is easy to get lost in our own problems, but we have opportunities every day to reach out to people struggling all around us.

To My Daughter on Her Birthday

Jess Wilson | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Jess Wilson

You changed the mother I thought I would be into the one that I needed to be. And it wasn't just me. You changed your daddy and your sister and everyone who came into our world.

The Depiction of Autism and Why it Matters

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Being in contact with these kind autists has taught me more than any specialist, article, book or news show. These people with their writing and blogs have opened my mind to the very real possibilities that exist for my daughter. This gives me hope.

No Expectations

Joseph Hill | Posted 05.06.2012 | Parents
Joseph Hill

I was sitting down and having lunch with another dad of a child with autism. He looked at me and asked an interesting question: "How far does your son have to go developmentally? What do you want to see him do?"

Lessons In Love From My Autistic Twins

Ocean Robbins | Posted 08.13.2011 | Healthy Living
Ocean Robbins

Sometimes I love my kids just because. Just because it is mine to do. Just because I choose to fill my heart with an ineffable, unstoppable and totally undeniable love that persists and sustains no matter what my children do.

Roots And Wings: Giving Autistic Children What They Need To Succeed in Adulthood

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

When Mickey was diagnosed 16 years ago, there was no road map to tell us what lay ahead. How do we build a full life for him after high school? Where will he live? And our ultimate dread: Who will love him when we are gone?

Child Autism Epidemic Firmly Linked To Environment

Stephen Barrie, ND | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen Barrie, ND

Experts agree that the the dramatic increase in autism is caused by toxic environmental exposure and gene-environment interactions. Multiple toxic exposures may be a key factor to the onset of autism.

Living With Autism: Miracles Have Wings

Elaine Hall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elaine Hall

Gradually, inch by inch, Neal did, indeed, emerge from his cocoon as a glorious butterfly -- but on his own schedule, not mine.

Autism Should Not Be a Death Sentence

Kim Stagliano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kim Stagliano

This has been a particularly rough April, aka "Autism Awareness Month." I'm trying to find the bright spots where I can. As always, I begin in my own home, with my three daughters, who have autism.

A Film of One's Own

Janet Grillo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Grillo

So here I am, in the middle of my life, filling up my own room. What took me so long?

Autism and Education in France

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Seventeen years earlier, I had left France because in those days, children with autism did not have the right to an education, and my son, Jeremy, was severely impacted by autism.

Late-In-Life Pregnancy and Autism

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Hot on the heels of last month's fertility scaremongering about ovarian reserve came a new scare for women planning to start their families later, this one about autism.