Tag Archives: love

The Myth of Autism and Love

I was actually able to ask the evaluator years later, why she had diagnosed him with PDD-NOS instead of Autism and she said it was because how connected he was to me. Because he cuddled with me, made eye contact with me, craved my social presence, and shared his world with me she didn’t think he met the textbook diagnosis of Autism.

Here’s the thing. That is a myth.

Where the Special Needs Mom Has Her Own Meltdown

Last night, Brian had a Code Red meltdown in the middle of the middle school lobby.  Lots of people saw it.  They probably saw a Mom looking incredibly cool under a ton of pressure.  A mom that stayed quiet and calm and who helped him work through it. And after I got asked the inevitable, […]

Do people with autism have emotions and relationships?

A few weeks ago, I was blessed with a new nephew.  With seven younger siblings, you can imagine that a new niece or nephew is actually a pretty common occurrence but all jokes aside, still a very blessed occurrence- each and every single time. My boys love getting new cousins and seem to really enjoy […]

Are You Guilty of Promoting Learned Helplessness?

In the field of special needs and occupational therapy we hear the term, “learned helplessness” a lot. Learned helplessness happens when parents or caregivers assume that their child can not be successful at something so they help them, because they love them and they care for them and they want life to be easy for […]

How Do You Do It?

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “How do you do it?”, I’m pretty sure our house would be pretty close to being paid off. No joke. I get asked this question ALL the time. It’s a well-meaning question but it’s a tricky question. How do I not do it? I love my child, so we do it. Simple as that. I’m guessing most of the people that ask me that question would do the same if they were in our shoes. But here, here’s how we do it….

Autism Sibling Superhero: The Winner of National Siblings Day

In light of National Silbings Day….. Corbin is an Autism Sibling Superhero! He sticks up for his brother, the first time way back when he was in second grade and some “big kid” said that “autism kids were dumb”.  Corbin said he wanted to karate chop him but he didn’t and he remembered to instead teach […]

Connection.

When Brian was just a little past his second birthday, he received his first spectrum diagnosis of PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified).  The woman who diagnosed him with this told me that she would’ve given him a full-out diagnosis of autism if he didn’t have such a strong connection to me. Throughout the […]

What’s Your Super Power?

“So, what’s his super power?” I have seriously been asked that question about a half dozen times.  Granted it’s been a few years since the last time, and I hope that is a representation of autism awareness growing. Sometimes people have seen Rain Man one too many times and think they know autism.  Or they […]