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 …