The truth is having a child with autism is different. Your child is going to be different, your family is going to be different, and your life is going to be different. Though I was in the field for over a decade, I never understood the impact a child with autism really has on a…

Having worked with children with autism and developmental delays for over 15 years, I sometimes forget what typical development looks like. This became increasingly apparent to me after the birth of my second son.  Learning social skills were so challenging for my son on the spectrum (e.g. pointing to share an experience, returning a social…

Dear Autism Mom, I see you. I see you doing everything you can to give your child the best possible life. I see you dealing with hand flapping or head banging—behaviors with which mothers like myself may never deal. I see you remaining calm when your child is having a severe tantrum in the middle…

Film has long been a vehicle for social change and awareness, but that wasn’t director Adam Irving’s plan when he started making his first documentary Off the Rails. Off the Rails, which premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival on April 7, depicts the true story of Darius McCollum, a 51-year-old African-American man who…

When your child has autism, it may feel like there is no map, helping you navigate the diagnosis.  The best course of action for a parent is education. Learn about all treatment options and assemble a team that will hopefully help your child meet his/her maximum potential. An essential member of this team is your…

With the growth of social media, it’s much harder for the general public to stay ignorant about autism. Yet, for those who have never had direct contact with autism, many myths and outdated ideas still exist. Keep reading to learn the Top Ten Most Outdated Ideas About Autism. 1 – Autism is Caused by Vaccines…

In honor of Father’s Day, I’ve recently thought a lot about what it means to be a dad. Growing up, my father was my hero; in my eyes, he could do no wrong. He always protected our family and even during times of struggle he did his best to shelter us from any pain. Are…

Throughout my career as Board Certified Behavior Analyst, families have always asked: “What are we suppose to do during the summer?” Now a parent of a child with autism, as summer quickly approaches, I have the same fears that any parent with a child on the spectrum faces. Will my child be the only one…

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