When my son was young, he was very different from all his peers. It wasn’t until he was a teen when he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. But back then, being on the spectrum was a mystery, even to the professionals who worked with him. Here was my precious child, my beautiful son, and there were few people I could turn to for any answers or advice. I relied on my unconditional love, intuition and fierce determination to help him with what he needed when he needed it. Oh, how I longed to find even one other parent who would understand without explanation.
Today none of us is alone. We may be walking down different paths, but there is a treasure trove of kind and wonderful parents and autistic individuals there for us when we need them.
I don’t look at autism through rose colored glasses. I know there are challenges—we live through many of them—but I made a choice to always come from a place of hope and optimism. And when my soul needs a boost of support, I turn to my dearest friends from the autism community—many of whom I’ve never met in person. I’ve asked some of them to share their positive thoughts about their own stories with you in this Second Little E-Book of Autimisms.
I know you’ll enjoy reading what these amazing moms who have their own popular blogs and Facebook pages have to say. It is my greatest wish that their words will lift you up and carry you on your own autism journey.