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 …