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.
A Favor Please
We have featured Deciphering Morgan before but I wanted to call attention to a particular post of hers. The special needs community often talks about rallying around others in a time of need. You will hear all of us say just ask for help. Let us help you when things get rough. It can be difficult though to put it all out there and humbly ask strangers to lend a helping hand. When I saw this post I thought, this is it. This is how it starts – the good ending. The outcomes we all beg for in times when tragedy strikes and we want to know how it could have turned out better. It starts with bravely raising your hand and saying, “I need you guys right now.” I have no doubt we can all band together to honor her request and show others what this community is about. Love, acceptance, bravery, and above all else, we honor and mean every word when we say you are not alone.
Shiny, Happy Mom
I seriously urge ALL of you to write down what life is like for your spectrum kiddo TODAY…and then next year, on today’s date, I want you to see how much they have grown. SERIOUSLY.
This is the advice from the mom at Autism Sparkles who, as she puts it, keeps hope warmed up. How many parents keep a growth chart for their child? I do. We carefully note their weight and height at regular intervals seeing how big they have grown. And maybe you carefully recorded all their achievements in that first year too. When I saw this post I thought of course, how obviously brilliant! What better way to see all they have accomplished than to jot something down and after a year, check in to see how much they have changed. Grab a pen moms and dads – let’s see how much our kids sparkle and shine a year from now.
Sometimes you just need to chill the heck out. With a friend. And a glass of wine. The mama at Autism With a Glass of Wine has you covered. She openly shares her life as a wife and a mom to her two boys (her oldest has non-verbal autism.) She cooks up post after post and serves them piping hot with a sprinkle of humor and a dash of sarcasm. Like chuckling at memes? She’s got them in spades. Got a question? Send it along to her and be prepared for the onslaught of help and answers. When a little relaxation is what the doctor orders, there’s no better place to go. Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable. And don’t forget the wine. PS – she likes red.
A Stimming We Will Go
Did you know there are numerous types of stims? I had no idea until very recently. Stimming, a repetitive body movement that self-stimulates one or more senses in a regulated manner, is associated with SPD and autism and was an important piece of information needed for my daughter’s diagnosis. Only, I didn’t know that until I came across this extensive list posted on Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support. The wealth of information here and on their Facebook page was a complete eye-opener for me. This is the place to start if you are looking for answers and product information related to SPD.
Myth Busting Time
ASD kids can’t make eye contact and don’t know how to empathize. You can tell by looking if someone has autism or not. Has anyone ever lobbed one of these beauties (cough, cough – excuse me while I choke on too much sarcasm) your way? They are just a few of the myths about autism that you may encounter along your journey. The mom at One Sick Mother tells the tale of 10 autism myths in a post she wrote back in 2010 referencing emails she had received from as far back as 2002. Her post is still relevant today. It’s important information for all of us to have so we can spread awareness far and wide.
**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.