Since James’s autism diagnosis in 2010, I’ve been asked lots of questions about the cause of his autism, his behaviors, and his future. But these five are the most surprising.
In our search for ways to relieve my Mom’s loneliness, I learned four effective strategies. Their effectiveness makes me want to go back to my days as mom to a child with special needs and give them a try with him, too. Since that's not going to happen until somebody works the kinks out of time travel, I'll pass the caregiving lessons on to you.
One night, around 2:00 a.m., I saw a Facebook post: “We’re having an awful night. Anyone else awake? Is it just us?” What followed was an endless stream of comments from mostly moms talking about being awake with ASD kids. Here was a space where we could be seen and understood, be heard and not critiqued, and could connect.
For young people with additional needs, sex and relationships can be a subject that youth workers and parents shy away from, but it shouldn’t be so. Every young person deserves the same help and support as they grapple with the myriad of questions, feelings and emotions that this topic evokes.
Most likely a fantastic husband will also be a fantastic father. And it’s important to realize it might not happen overnight.
My husband has held many things together for our family. Most of what my husband does for our family isn’t the typical experience. There’s no greeting card that summarizes his journey as a father or recognizes the care he provides. It’s been different than most, but it’s been good.