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18 Things I've Learned Now That My Son With Autism Is Turning 18

Hannah Brown | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Hannah Brown

Once your child is diagnosed with autism, you find out who your real friends are, and who the staunchest allies in your family are.

Autism, Empathy And The Sally-Anne Test

Hannah Brown | Posted 05.17.2013 | Home
Hannah Brown

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI asked if he had brushed his teeth, knowing he hadn't gone into the bathroom, and he grinned at me, saying, "Yeah!" In the parallel universe of autism parenthood, I jumped for joy and called his therapist to share the good news.

7 Myths About Autism It's Time to Put to Rest

Hannah Brown | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Hannah Brown

Let's move on and put these myths to rest so we'll have more to celebrate next year on Autism Awareness Day.

10 Things All Parents Can Learn From Special Needs Families

Hannah Brown | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Hannah Brown

There are sports, and then there are extreme sports. I like to think of raising a child with autism as extreme parenting. That said, in some ways, it's not as different as you might think.

5 Facts Autism Families Want President Obama to Know

Hannah Brown | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Hannah Brown

I was one of the millions who voted for you, and as the mother of a teenage boy with autism, I am grateful that you did so much in your first term to help families coping with autism.

Zombie Therapy: An Autism's Mom's Take on The Walking Dead

Hannah Brown | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

Raising a kid with autism and trying so hard to help him or her is about as tough as things get for most people in this life. So one attraction of zombie fiction for me is that, while the worlds they present may have gone to hell, all the children left are perfectly behaved.

An Autism Mom on Having It All

Hannah Brown | Posted 09.11.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

The debate on mothers "having it all" continues. This is just one more example of a controversy where, as the mother of a son with autism, I feel I must watch from the sidelines.

What Neil Young Taught Me About Autism and Fear

Hannah Brown | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

We parents are the searchers and we can't give up, no matter how rough a ride it is.

One Kid, Medium-Well Done: An Autism Mystery

Hannah Brown | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

I think everyone on the planet can be described as medium-functioning, meaning we are all high-functioning in certain areas, but low-functioning in others. So what does it mean when its applied to people with autism?

My Son, King of All Wild Things

Hannah Brown | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

While Where The Wild Things Are isn't meant to be about autism, I think it has a special resonance for my son, as well as for other children who have difficulty communicating.