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.
You know it’s a sign of a great blog when you realize half of the night has gone by and you feel like you’ve made a best friend you’ve never met. She breaks my heart with an endearing story, reminds me that a diagnosis of autism in not the end of things, then has me snorting mimosa out of my nose with one of her memes. She just nails it. Post after post. She gets it and will have you saying, “Yes, exactly – I feel the same way!” over and over. Get your Snuggie out and find a cozy place to curl up and read, I think you will be hanging out with Deciphering Morgan for a while. And you can totally stalk her on Facebook too.
Mostly True Stuff
I dare you to not like the mom at Mostly True Stuff based solely on the name she goes by: Lexi Sweatpants. Ah, a girl after my own heart. And she is just freaking hilarious. Check out her post Ways to Make Your Next IEP Awesome and you will see what I mean. She will have you cracking up on Facebook too. What stands out most though is her conversational writing style. She holds nothing back when talking openly and honestly about her experience with autism and Down syndrome.
It’s Getting Real
Get the most bang for your buck at Real Husbands of Autism. This page might be new on the scene but don’t let that fool you. It is run by a group of dads with oodles of experience. Each page admin has his own page or blog as well. It’s one-stop-shopping at its finest. At the Real Husbands they say, “We are men, hear us rawr!” They share personal experiences and answer questions from readers. Can’t sleep? With dads from around the globe, these guys have you covered 24/7.
Spotting One of Our Own
That’s the title to the blog post that drew me in. Autism with a side of fries writes about recognizing other families that have a child with autism, or as she puts it, one of her tribe. She reminded me that we aren’t always as alone as we think we are. Then I fell in love when she wrote, “Plus, I never figured out a good opening line when I spot another ASD family. “Flap here often?” isn’t so smooth. It’s always the right time for that kind of humor. And it doesn’t end there. Babble named her Facebook Page in the top 30 for 2013. And I can see why. She is witty and does a great job of knitting the community together a little more tightly.
The dad at Autism Daddy shares the story of his son Kyle, often referred to as His Majesty or the King, with a lot of love. While reading through his blog, I started to collect my favorite posts and realized after the 12th one that you just need to go read all of it. Really, it’s that good. Start off with the most popular posts. He isn’t afraid to touch on taboo topics, he waxes poetic, and my all-time favorite – he has lists! I love a good list.
**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.