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How a High School Musical Gave My Autistic Son a Stage

This was the toddler who could not wear hats or mittens and who struggled with the change of seasons because that meant wearing different or new clothes. The little boy who wore the same doctor’s costume (shirt only) for three Halloweens in a row because costumes and change were terrifying. This was the elementary student who sat alone at lunch …

A Promise to My Son on the Autism Spectrum

To my beautiful son, I need to explain to you why there might be times you think, feel, see and hear differently than others. You see, son, you have something called autism. Sometimes this might affect your experience of certain places, textures, foods, lights, sounds and clothing. At times these things may be very overwhelming for you. Your senses are …

Why I Am a Passionate Advocate for My Son on the Autism Spectrum

By : Michelle Foreman I am an autism mama — proudly, unabashedly and passionately. I am passionate because when my son was 5 years old, eleven schools refused his admission with no explanation other than a half-hearted “we’re not sure he’s ready.” The same child who was talking in full sentences at 14 months, knew his alphabet at 16 months and could …

Many with Autism Have Oral Apraxia, But What Is It, Exactly?

Oral apraxia is a motor disorder that causes a person to be unable to properly move his or her lips, jaw, or tongue on command to properly produce words and/or make appropriate facial expressions. Some may be unable to control their breathing on command as well. NOTE: In cases where the main issue is verbal communication rather than facial movement, a similar …

The Courage I See Every Day in My Son on the Autism Spectrum

I see my son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with something new, whether it’s surprise thunderstorms, dreaded fire drills or broccoli, every day. What might seem minor to someone else can become a big deal for him. It can take courage to confront the unknown or the uncomfortable. It can take courage to power through it like a boss. What is …

9 College Scholarships for Students With Learning Disabilities

More than 6 million young Americans—about 13% of students—have been diagnosed with some sort of learning challenge that makes school more of a struggle for them. Yet many of these students can succeed in college. And luckily, there are a growing number of scholarships to encourage them. Here are some, and a resource for finding more: Ranked by size of …

Autism Mom Worries About How Her Son Eats Lunch Alone. That’s Why This Picture Made Her Cry

On August 30, 2016, a football player from Florida State University (FSU) was visiting a Tallahassee middle school with his teammates when he saw an 11-year-old sitting and eating lunch at an otherwise vacant table. The college junior, Travis Rudolph walked over to the boy and asked to sit with him. “Sure, why not?” the kid responded. He introduced himself as Bo, …