Approaching the Autism Journey with Optimism

When my son was young, he was very different from all his peers. It wasn’t until he was a teen when he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. But back then, being on the spectrum was a mystery, even to the professionals who worked with him. Here was my precious child, my beautiful son, and there were few people I could turn to for any answers or advice. I relied on my unconditional love, intuition and fierce determination to help him with what he needed when he needed it. Oh, how I longed to find even one other parent who would understand without explanation.

Today none of us is alone. We may be walking down different paths, but there is a treasure trove of kind and wonderful parents and autistic individuals there for us when we need them.

I don’t look at autism through rose colored glasses. I know there are challenges—we live through many of them—but I made a choice to always come from a place of hope and optimism. And when my soul needs a boost of support, I turn to my dearest friends from the autism community—many of whom I’ve never met in person. I’ve asked some of them to share their positive thoughts about their own stories with you in this Second Little E-Book of Autimisms.

I know you’ll enjoy reading what these amazing moms who have their own popular blogs and Facebook pages have to say. It is my greatest wish that their words will lift you up and carry you on your own autism journey.



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About Jodi Murphy

I am the founder of Geek Club Books, autism storytelling through mobile apps for awareness, acceptance and understanding. My mission is to use the art of storytelling and technology to entertain and educate for the social good. I am a 'positive' autism advocate, mother of an awesome adult on the autism spectrum, lifestyle journalist, and marketing specialist.


  1. Joan Dieball says:

    Wow Jodi, information on Autism has come a long way from when Jonathan was so young and we didn’t understand exactly what was going on with him. Remember we use to say “he just doesn’t get it” and our hope was he would someday. Wow he’s come so far and I’m so proud of him, he’s a winner.

  2. I have 2 kids. My older daughter is 2 years and 10 months now and my younger daughter is only 2 months and a half. I just realized that my older girl is not normal as other kids her age. She doesn’t speak yet only be able to say “papa” and “Mummy” and “papa, papi, papu… and many other sounds that don’t make sense at all. In my country where I live doesn’t have tool to diagnose this autism spectrum. I make judgement base on what I read from many article about autism. I don’t know how to help her live a normal life like other kids. I wish she is not what I said or thought but just a speech development delay which requires longer time than other to acquire. Her symptoms are 1. Can’t speak, 2. Don’t repeat our words or even try to follow us. 3. Can’t make eyes contact. 4. Don’t play with other kids. 5. Like doing thing her way only and hate changes. 6. Repeat the same activities almost everyday. 7. Don’t show interest with people when they talk to her. My question is how can I get help?!?! I just want my baby back!!! She has a bright future ahead of her… please guide me how to assist her to be just a normal kid, that’s all I ask for. Thanks

    • First, I want you to know as a mother who has an adult son on the autism spectrum…everything is going to be okay for your daughter. The gift of my son is that we learned that normal is very over-rated. Yes, he has challenges but he has grown to become a man I respect and admire. You may not believe this yet, but your daughter can have a very good life. Start by educating yourself as this will give you hope. Here are a few things I recommend: Watch our Bluebee TeeVee episodes and download the guides for some great online resources and books. Read the essays by our autistic contributors and download our Autimism e-books. Finally, I suggest doing a search on the Autism Society of America and you may find some great local sources for help and support.

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