Everything People Need to Know Our Three-Year-Old Already Figured Out

February 14, 2013

The other day, Dale Jr. and I were driving away from the J-Man’s school to make the 15-minute trip to his preschool. Parenting a neurotypical three-year-old is proving to be a completely novel experience from moment to moment for me. I never quite know what insight he’s going to come up with next, and that […]

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You Are Not Alone

February 5, 2013

Some friends of mine and I were trying to decide what one thing we would say to a parent whose child recently received an autism diagnosis. Not surprisingly, these autism parents with many miles under their belts had a number of great ideas. These conversations naturally weave themselves into pages of advice because there is […]

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Learning How to Say ‘Yes’ – Another Essential Practice for Autism Parents

January 30, 2013

I know I recently said that saying ‘no’ is an essential practice for autism parents, and that you can pretty much say ‘no’ to everything except your family and what is most essential to your well-being. But I want you to say ‘yes’, too. Practice saying ‘yes’ to what matters most. Practice saying ‘yes’ to […]

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The Power of ‘No’ – An Essential Practice for Autism Parents

January 13, 2013

What’s one rarely-discussed practice that can help autism parents every day? Practice saying, “No.” A lot. Then do it. A lot. You are not being mean or unkind. You are prioritizing. You are aligning the energy and time you expend with what is most important to you. You are intentionally deciding what to spend that […]

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Person-First Language – ‘autistic’ vs. ‘with autism’

January 9, 2013

There is some debate about using the term ‘autistic child’ vs. ‘child with autism’, the latter being an example of what is typically referred to as ‘person-first language’. As you may have noticed, I typically use ‘autistic’. There are plenty of strong opinions about either form, not surprisingly. I have been asked many times about […]

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