Below are some Autism happenings around the web from a busy mom’s point of view. A few personal moments, challenges, and triumphs and the places you can go to find answers and feel less alone.
It is that back to school time of year again. And with that comes the dreaded IEP. My daughter is four so Kindergarten is just around the corner. I am furiously digging around for information on how to navigate it all. What in the heck does IEP even stand for? A meme from Karla’s ASD Page showed up in my feed. I hopped on over for a quick visit and an article she posted led me to this: What is an IEP? Sounds like a good place to start. Turns out it stands for Individualized Education Program. I hung around this website for a while absorbing all I could.
A Tale of Two Aspies
For me, there is no better way to learn about Autism than to hear about it from someone who walks in those shoes. I can guess all day long what it might feel like for my daughter but until she is old enough to explain it in her own words, I find great comfort reading May I Be Excused, My Brain is Full – Olivia’s Asperger’s Story. Imagine knowing you are different and not knowing why….this is Olivia’s story. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 10, Olivia bravely invites us into her everyday world as an Aspie.
Over at the girl with the curly hair you will meet Alis, the 24-year-old AS female from the UK. She makes great memes that visually sum up what it is like in her world. She brilliantly achieves her goal of helping us NT (neurotypical) folks communicate with those who have Asperger’s.
By now you may have seen the twisted letter written to a mother of a child with autism and the supportive uprising of people everywhere, whether they have a personal connection to someone with special needs or not. City News Toronto aired a story where the mom from Autism and Other Ramblings shared her thoughts on the situation. The reason I took a moment to watch this video and show my friends is because I thought it was important to see the personal side. Reading the letter is one thing. Seeing and hearing this mother’s heart ache and her beautiful son serves as a reminder to me that there is value in helping bring about awareness.
A Pair of Shoes
It’s just a pair of shoes until it isn’t. The mom from Autism Uncensored shares her son’s triumph over shoe shopping. Like she says, “You know you’re on an Autism page when your child successfully navigates the shoe shopping experience, chooses his own shoes, and blood wasn’t shed.” And what else is a proud mom to do? Share it on Facebook of course!
Sensory-Seeking Word Play
Today I came across a fabulous way to practice sight words while allowing for some great sensory-seeking play. Check out the spelling album at All Over The Spectrum and look for her spatula smack down photo. It’s the little gold nuggets like this that make me fall in love with the special needs community.
4 + 1 = A Whole Lot of Love
Get up close and personal with this Aspie mom of four: two with Asperger’s, one with SPD, and one with classic Autism. She is at Mutha Lovin’ Autism and she isn’t afraid to bare it all. Bonus points for the one-of-a-kind memes. Plus, she oozes patience. This status post of hers reminded me to keep calm and look for the positive:
I keep forgetting Axel is in underwear when he passes out, as being potty trained is very new. That cherubic darling lying across my belly just whizzed all over me.
At least he slept through the cleanup.
Tips and Tools from a Pro
I remember when we first started our journey how badly I just wanted help and answers. Bill Nason, MS, LLP over at Autism Discussion shares a wealth of ways to help your child feel safe, accepted, and confident. With over 30 years of experience, he has a solution for whatever challenge you are facing. Sign me up – who wouldn’t want all of that?!
**Shayla Hearn is the mom behind Parenting By the Seat of My Pants and a Geek Club Books’ Editor-at-large. Shayla tackles parenting and autism challenges with a witty pen and brutal honesty—and we laugh, cry, celebrate, and find inspiration in her words.