Shayla Hearn is our tour guide for autism happenings around the web. Seat belts fastened? We’re about to land on this week’s favorite places to go to find answers, some inspiration, a few funnies, and feel less alone.
She is the very definition of, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” The mom from Sleep Deprivation Diaries gets very little sleep these days with three beautiful kiddos that have sleep apnea or other sleeping challenges. With so few zzz’s, she may or may not find herself muttering odd things here and there. In her post Echolalia Squared, she recounts the out of context scripting she hears around her house.
A sense of humor comes in handy when you are a parent and this mom has it by the bucket load. I recently read Effin Autism’s post about resentment hitting close to home. And I get what she is saying when she talks about how awesome her husband is for cleaning the kitchen every night but she still resents him because he gets to go to work. What had me texting this to my husband was the irreverent way they handle it. It’s a genius, snarky way for two adults to blow off steam instead of holding it inside, so you can get back to doing what needs to be done.
Maaaaa – It’s What’s for Dinner
The mom from Living on the Spectrum: The Connor Chronicles says she blogs about whatever comes to mind and good luck making sense of it. I like a challenge – challenge accepted. What I have found so far is a new favorite place to escape the madness and laugh my butt off at the endless funny she provides. Wondering what kind of diet to use for your child with autism? No problem. She has the answer: Goats for Everyone! How about what she has learned about blogging in the autism community? I didn’t need to read further than number 11, not just because that was the last on the list, but because she used a Spinal Tap reference. I rest my case. Wit is her best friend, and this mom will be yours too.
Give Me a K Give Me an A – T – E
Would you like to learn what it is like for a child to have autism? To not only see the challenges but to read about happy stories of success? That is what you will find at Go Team Kate. Her posts quickly paint the picture in an easy to read way. She realistically writes about how autism has touched their lives, leaving you feeling hopeful and uplifted. The best gift she offers though is the chance to tell your story, anonymously if you prefer. What a wonderful opportunity for all of us to bond and learn what it is like. Not everyone has the time to write a blog or feels comfortable sharing things so publicly. This is your chance to say what you want to say and to help others feel less alone.
This week I ran across a website that tugged at my heart strings and made me want to run out and hug people. So I am going to shake things up a bit (I live life on the edge folks) and highlight something a little different. Get ready to don your capes and share some love. At TinySuperheroes they say they seek to empower extraordinary kids one cape at a time. You can buy your own tiny superhero a cape or sponsor another cutie waiting for his or her own. The stories are touching; I am especially fond of the one about Sophia and Anthony, a young super couple in love.
**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.