(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?
Summer is finally here. With no school to distract the kids, many moms out there must have their hands full. Without a doubt, parenting is an extremely challenging experience. It’s a round-the-clock job with little or no time for vacation or relaxation. Add autism to the equation and you are certainly in for the long … Continue reading Autism Burnout: Do You Have It?
One of the great rites of passage in parenting is when your child with autism gets to have that one special night to wear a tux and spend a ton of a good time — Senior Prom! John in his tux and shiny formal shoes looked so debonair—and his bestfriend Greer Allen coming over from … Continue reading Of Prom, Adulthood and A Whole Lot More Ahead of Autism
It is my daily ritual to sift through various autism research, news and blogs articles to be posted on my social media accounts and, I couldn’t help but marvel at the degree of enthusiasm the medical community has placed in unraveling the cause, origins and what-have-you of Autism. Some even make “color” classifications due to … Continue reading The Discombobulating World of Autism Research
Each year, we are given statistics on how many hundreds of millions have been spent on autism research. I am happy about that. Yes, so happy for families who up to this time are still groping in the dark on what ifs and what could have been. Though some of the published are downright … Continue reading Adult, Autism and Living On His Own
Summer is just around the corner and, along with the exhilarating view of sun and blooms, comes this certain longing to sit back and enjoy watching the setting sun as you languidly enjoy a pitcher full of lemonade. If the thought of traveling to a tropical destination is out of the question, the idea of creating … Continue reading Staycation Ideas for A Busy Autism Mommy
It is without any hint of doubt that finding employment nowadays can be an overwhelming task and, so much more so, when you have autism. Social acceptance has long been an issue with autism. Embarking on a career while carrying such stigma will definitely put your child’s chances of finding what suits him best — … Continue reading Of Autism and Employment – Preparing Your Child For Life
Someone asked me if vaccines can cause autism and I said yes. But that’s just my personal observation as a mother to a child with autism. After John received his MMR shots, the once vivacious boy almost immediately became prone to tantrums. We could not call it a meltdown then, thinking that it could just … Continue reading Vaccine Caused My Son’s Autism But That’s Just Me
To many people, winter is making Christmas wish list, of Santa Claus and his reindeers, of frolicking in the snow with friends and family or of drinking a mug of sensational chocolate. To some autism parents and children, however, this is a dreadful time of the year when the days are growing shorter and the … Continue reading What is Winter to Autism?
I have noticed recently that my inbox is flooded with reports, studies, research and what-have-you concerning the growing rate of autism. Most of these studies are out to debunk the idea that this pervasive developmental disorder is not an “epidemic”. It just so happens that diagnoses nowadays are more reliable and efficient to the point … Continue reading Autism Needs To Be Studied, Heard, Accepted – Epidemic or Not!
A couple of months after we’ve finally settled down in our new home, an exciting development came our Johnny’s way. Apart from adjusting easily to his new school and meeting new friends, he has developed (though, he loved cooking with me when he was young ) a penchant on culinary cooking. So, we enrolled him … Continue reading Smells Like Christmas