What’s in a Name…Er…Label?

There are brilliant autism stories that have been written, blog posts that have been posted, and articles that have been published, that are sadly buried in the news feeds and blogosphere...We're on the hunt for these missing manuscripts to bring these 'treasures' back for you to discover! In this article, Jennifer gives us much to think about... What's in a Name...Er...Label? By Jennifer Marie Dirks, Emelie's Voice There is a faction of society that balks at the idea of labeling kids with a diagnosis based on behavior and … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Day: Jennifer Marie Dirks

What would my ideal Mother’s Day be? Similar to my ideal birthday as Mother’s Day falls the closest weekend to by birthday, always. Let’s start with, I love my extended family but I would love to have a quiet Mother’s Day with my close little foursome. I’d call them and have a pleasant conversation, but just having that down time and no pressure to feel like everything has to be perfect. If they were there, I’d manage. I’d want the day to be quiet and peaceful. The sun would be shining with a nice gentle light breeze and around the … [Read more...]

Autimism: Autism Through a Photographer’s Lens

Em's Journey Em Loves Animals Learning to Embrace Confidence She Always Needs Her Brother and Family By Jennifer Marie Dirks BLOG FACEBOOK **Conquer for Conner and Geek Club Books have produced Autimism: Positive for a Change, in joint effort with The Autism Society in tribute to Autism Awareness Month from April 1 through April 30. a Rafflecopter giveaway With a network of affiliates across the United States, the Autism Society is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization. Their mission is to increase … [Read more...]

Autimism: More Than the Sum of the Diagnosis

Scroll down for our giveaway for iPad Mini, Nexus 7 tablet, gift cards and goodies. By Jennifer Marie Dirks Emelie was a late diagnosis for Autism. For a long time we didn’t know what our daughter needed from us. Once she had a diagnosis and we shifted our parenting style to match her needs, we were able to help her become more than what the label of her diagnosis’s are. If you ask Emelie, she calls empowerment: finding your voice. For us, when we choose to allow her to tell people that she has autism, we explained to her she still … [Read more...]

Jennifer Marie Dirks, Mighty League Mom

Jennifer Marie Dirks, Em’s Journey Wisconsin, USA Facebook Blog MY DAUGHTER: I won’t let you quit on yourself, nor will I quit on you. I will be there with you every step of the way. We’ve looked fears head on and told them they WILL NOT run your life. And we will continue to do that every day sometimes twice when the fears come creeping out of the shadows. We will make a conscious effort daily to say to autism, it is our life. It will not rule how we live. And daily we will challenge you to be more than the sum of your diagnosis. … [Read more...]