What Does Your Autistic Daughter Wish You Knew?

The Autism Women’s Network (AWN) has been around since 2010. They have built a supportive community and set of resources for autistic people who identify as women. What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew is their first book release (and their first time as editors of an anthology). The women who contributed to the book come from AWN’s online community—some are writers whose work we’ve admired for years and some will be brand new discoveries for readers. The editors at AWN plan on making this the first of many books covering … [Read more...]

Chasing the Rabbit: 126,000 Words of Hope!

Derek Volk’s oldest child−his only son− was two-years-old when his wife suggested, “Something is not quite right with Dylan.” They struggled for the next several years as they were bounced from one “expert” to another, each offering a unique perspective on Dylan’s challenging behaviors. Finally, at eight-years-old, Dylan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and the Volk family was able to start making sense of Dylan’s differences. In Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum, Derek Volk shares his experiences raising a … [Read more...]

“It’s Okay to Say the A-Word”

First of all congratulations on writing “It’s Okay to say the A-Word!,” about your autism journey with your son… Have you ever written an article or book before and what how was the experience of writing it? I’ve written two books, both fictional pieces and both have been romantic comedies. Although both are totally made up, they each have a part of me in them. However, for my new book “It’s Okay to Say the A-Word!” I started out writing about a mom with a son with autism as another fictional piece and it just didn’t have the umph I … [Read more...]

Emelie’s Voice
“Know you are not alone.”

The hardest thing about being a parent is when you don’t understand what is going on. When you are trying to help your child and comfort them and they are screaming like you are hurting them. When you see other kids shy away from your child because your child can’t pick up on the social cues and you don’t know how to explain what is going on. This was our reality with Emelie. For 11 years, we didn’t have a diagnosis that we could understand or make sense to her challenges. We couldn’t bridge that gap to help her navigate socially to find … [Read more...]