How the Grinch and Rudolph Helped Me Connect with My Autistic Son

Benj, a child with autism, was aloof and distant. His mother, Priscilla, was desperate to reach him. How did she do it? Call it a holiday miracle. By PRISCILLA GILMAN Tanya Little/Getty Images Ever since I was a little girl, nothing signaled the advent of the holidays more than the appearance of Christmas specials on television. Every Sunday, starting the weekend …

15 People on the Autism Spectrum Describe What a Meltdown Feels Like

“Why are you freaking out?” “Calm down.” “That child having a tantrum just needs some discipline.” “What a brat!” “What a weirdo.” People on the autism spectrum, and their loved ones, unfortunately hear phrases like these every day. Why? Because they often experience sensory overload when too much sensory stimulus is occurring at once. It can be triggered by a crowded room, …

What I Will Never Know About My Son’s Autism

I wonder about my son’s world. What does it look like? Sound like? Feel like? Each day, I have a deeper understanding of just how little I really know about my son’s autism. I am not talking about symptoms and treatment options. I know those things. Those things are easy to learn. I can read them in a textbook or …