Category: Autism

The Hardest Part About Traveling With Autism

Last winter my husband Joe and I took five red suitcases, four messy boys and one pink girl on a Caribbean vacation. As soon as our second son, Jack, climbed into the shuttle to the airport, he made an announcement to the driver: “None of us. Smoke tobacco.” The driver looked back at me in the dim light of the van. It …

When a Little Girl at the Pool Realized My Son Has Autism

EMTs, firefighters and police officers all have something in common. When crisis arrives and everyone’s running away from it, they’re the ones running towards it. They’re the first on the scene to help, to rescue and to serve. In my world, the term “first responders” means something a little different. The first year after my son’s autism diagnosis — now …

He’s Not Naughty, He Has Autism

The gorgeous SoCal sun shone its bright face on the day, so my husband and the two older boys drive to the local lagoon for some water sports with friends. Charlie’s therapy schedule today won’t allow me to join, so it’s just me and the two little guys. We continue on our usual Sunday morning routine: church then playing at home. Charlie’s …

Comic Redesigns the Autism Spectrum to Crush Stereotypes

Rebecca Burgess sees a problem with the way many people perceive the autism spectrum. Her resolution? The comic below. The Tumblr user debuted “Understanding the Spectrum” (below), which gets rid of the linear autism spectrum image (i.e. you’re either “not autistic, “very autistic” or somewhere in between) and replaces it with a round spectrum full of several traits or ways the brain processes information. “I …

When My Son’s Meltdowns Seem to Make Time Stand Still

  There’re 24 hours in a day, but it can take just one meltdown to make time stand still. Each meltdown can feel never-ending. My son was having a great day, but within seconds, he unbuckled himself from the backseat of the car and thrust back and forth screaming. I pulled over and tried to help him. I told him to …

This is how sugar allows cancer cells to grow inside your body

While it’s not breaking news that too much sugar in your diet can lead to serious health concerns such as diabetes and obesity, there have been a lot of questions regarding sugars relationship to cancer.  We know that sugar consumption can impact our insulin levels which in turn can lead to chronic disease but… does too much sugar directly cause cancer? …

How to Be A Friend to a Mom with a Child on the Autism Spectrum

We all need friends who get us. But developing strong friendships during the season of motherhood is a task that even mothers of neurotypical children struggle with. When there are developmental issues (such as Autism) involved, having close, positive relationships with others can seem impossible to the average mother . . . unless those of us who can seek to …

How to Protect Children with Autism from Being Bullied

Introduction to Bullying It is an unfortunate fact that children have a tendency to find weaknesses and differences in their peers and latch onto it, emotionally or physically hurting the other child in the process. When performed on purpose and repeatedly this is bullying, and is a serious problem. Bullying is violence, though it does not have to be physical. …