A few weeks ago my youngest sister moved out of our parent’s home to begin her journey to adulthood and independence. This was the first time in 32 years that she didn’t have children living at home. 32 years. My Mom was officially an empty-nester.
I can only imagine how tricky that transition must be.
Seriously, I really can ONLY imagine. The reality is I will most likely never have an empty nest.
Yesterday was my birthday. It was a wonderful day being thoroughly surprised by my husband, cupcakes at work, and lots of hugs from my amazing boys. There are a few more birthday wishes I wouldn’t have minded receiving for my birthday though: How about some sleep? The night before my birthday was another long one with Mr. […]
I’m not a saint. I get stressed too. There are those days where I yell too much, wish bedtime to appear, and just want to run away and hide in a secluded place.
Not the most glorious of topics. But a very really look of what it’s like to live with a child on the spectrum, particularly those who are categorized in the “moderate-to-severe” side of the spectrum, like our Brian.
According to Autism Action Partnership, the cost of therapies and treatments for a child with autism can exceed $40,000 to $60,000 per year. The lifetime cost of raising a child with autism is $3.2 million a year. A big majority of autism treatments are not covered by insurance. Families are caught between a rock and a hard place as they work to provide for their children but without any support or quality child care to help them maintain their full-time jobs.
Tomorrow Brian will turn ten. My baby will be ten. Birthdays can be bittersweet as we reflect on the past and wonder about the uncertainty of the future.
My goal every school year is to make Brian’s techs and his teachers my friends. When we are friends, I know what is going on with my child and I know that he is safe.
Surrounded by 21 family members, he still disappeared.
I lived my worst fear for thirty seconds.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. I’ve already told you that the newest numbers (from four-year-old data) from the CDC are 1 in 68 children being diagnosed on the spectrum. There are other numbers that people need to know though. Roughly half, or 48%, of children with an ASD attempt to elope from a […]
So why did I break out in tears when the interim special education director asked me the question, “What are your hopes and dreams for Brian next year?”