They say that having a sister makes one happier than the rest of mere mortals who grow up alone or with a brother. I daresay, it is! You see, I have a really special sister. Her name is Nancy and she is my beacon of light, hope and love so deep it rejuvenates me … Continue reading My Sister, My Beacon Of Light
I was driving along Lakeshore Drive on my way to Sobey’s when this other driver cut in front of me– twice! I have seen people running a red light, not pulling over for a siren, not following school ground speed limit, and not giving a care on whether their actions can affect others or … Continue reading Of Driving And Autism: A Road Less Traveled
One of the hardest part of being an Autism parent is to discuss sex education with their kids as they near adulthood. Intimacy, indeed, is part of being human. While some kids with autism may have difficulty forging such intimate relationships with others, it cannot be denied that there are also some who, particularly … Continue reading Growing Up With Autism: Why Sex Education Matters?
It’s that wonderful time of the year once again! Early morning coffee preparing breakfast and lunch bags lined up before our kiddos finish packing homework and bulky Science projects. Oh, how I used to fret over what menu to prepare for my kids while growing up. To most Autism parents, however, every beginning of … Continue reading Starting It Right: School Days Are Here Again
To parents like us who have children on the autism spectrum, every meal time is a battle where we often emerge as losers. Many of our kids are known to be picky eaters making a healthy autism diet a struggle. Many of them are also sensitive to various food items due to digestive issues … Continue reading How To Implement An Autism Diet With Your Child
There is an inexplicable kind of bliss when traveling with good friends in tow and of meeting strangers along the way then, turning them into friends. Just recently, my bestfriend and I went for a 7-day Alaskan Cruise– The Alaskan Vortex of Attraction Cruise to be precise– on board the Celebrity Solstice. I have been … Continue reading Of Friendship And Travels 2017: An Autism Mom’s Journey
Photo Credits: Marnie’s Keep Fresh Do you have a special autism diet for your child? John’s dietary regimen had been a roller coaster ride when he was younger. It’s either he can’t live without pizza and fries, or he can’t settle down without eating cake or sweets. Luckily, I was able to come across … Continue reading What To Eat And Not-To-Eat: A Very Special Autism Diet
What’s your idea of a perfect honeymoon? For us, celebrating not one but three memorable events in our lives matter a lot. For our wedding anniversary and Mother’s Day as well as my husband’s birthday, we decided to reminisce what we had done 20 years ago today. We jumped into a Hawaiian cruise ship and … Continue reading Of Forever And A Lifetime Of Bliss
Is the world ready for Autism Acceptance? How about you or your community? As another Autism Awareness Month passed us by, it seems pretty much evident that many are becoming more aware of autism. From all other areas across the globe, people and establishments move to raise awareness as a means to step-up acceptance level … Continue reading Autism ACCEPTANCE: There Is So Much You Can Do
A report once stated that autism parents have stress similar to combat soldiers. I cannot relate to it as I have never been to combat before, but one thing is for sure—the stress and pressure can sometimes snap any parent into two. This is even more so for those who are still waiting for a … Continue reading April Autism Awareness Month: Small Victories Go A Long Way
(An ideal day. Fishing in Belize and ending the day cooking up our catch.) What do you cherish most in life? Do you celebrate memorable moments and let other memories go by? Or do you find something to cherish even during tough times? As a mother to a son with autism, I completely understand what … Continue reading Cherish Every Moment – Great or Small
Last year was a big year for John and his autism. He graduated from Secondary Level with an award of Top Student for Open Communication in his technology class and was able to get an official Beginner’s driving license. We did struggle to find him a college that suits his interests in Culinary and finally … Continue reading Adult Autism At Work: Through My Child’s Eyes
Life is never a bed of roses. This is even more so when you have seen autism eye to eye. I get that. There will always be challenges in our day to day living. Happiness, however, is a state of mind—and a choice. While March 20 is touted as the International Day of Happiness, you … Continue reading Embracing Happiness in 2017
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My heart breaks into pieces each time I hear children with autism being stood up for their birthday parties. Like any other children out there, many kids with autism and special needs also want to have the same fun and enjoyment. Some may not be able to verbalize it or may feel torn between sensory … Continue reading Autism and Birthday Parties: How to Have Fun Without the Stress
Photo: Psychologies It’s been quite some time now that I have been receiving emails from people whom I haven’t met. Some simply wish me well on my journey as a parent to a young adult with Autism. Others are seeking for help and guidance as well as resources in their own areas. It makes me … Continue reading Autism Acceptance—How Hard Can It Be?
Fun Time with the Whole Family As the leaves turn from green to orange-y yellow, many homes touched by autism are on the verge of bursting at the seams from the crazy mix of excitement and anxiety. Holidays have always been perceived as a momentous occasion for family and friends to celebrate good food, unlimited … Continue reading Holiday Tips for Families Touched By Autism
Children slip, fall, fumble, and do crazy stuff putting life and limbs on the line. Being curious individuals, they will find ways to unravel what pique their imaginative minds. They can crawl into hard to reach holes or dive into dangerous trenches just to get what they want, that is, when nobody’s watching. This is … Continue reading SAFETY: A Main Concern to Individuals With Autism
Good self-esteem is an almost impossible ordeal for people with autism. I get that. These kids, no matter how brilliant they may be, are always placed on the sidelines. How many times have we heard these lines? The boy is brilliant but.. The girl should have been in this and that but.. The autistic boy.. … Continue reading Teaching My Son With Autism to Believe in Himself
Our youngest John finally made it! He graduated high school with a bang. With over $400k in therapy since he was two years old, he was able to came out as a nonverbal child to a grade 12 graduate with a full diploma! Yes, we did it! WE DID IT! I feel like shouting these … Continue reading Is There Really A Cure For Autism and Do We Want To Have It?