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Our Very First World Autism Awareness Day

Our Very First World Autism Awareness Day

2017 was our first Autism awareness day - Join us as we celebrated our first World Autism Awareness day together as a family celebration in our home after diagnosis.  Though I share a lot of our life through examples, it's not common I write "personal" blog post.  With it being World Autism Awareness Day today, I feel though I must reach out to you (my readers).  I hope this post is that it will reach someone who needs it.  So here goes: Our Very First World Autism Awareness Day Today is April 2nd, 2017. It is  World Autism Day was first…
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Understanding the Signs & Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Understanding the Signs & Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Until two of my children were diagnosed with autism, I really had very little understanding of the disorder.  Though most people have heard of autism spectrum disorder, most people are underinformed until it directly affects them.   This lack of information directly correlates to the misunderstanding and misconceptions of autism. I truly believe that education is the key to awareness and acceptance.  Here is an easy to read a guide on the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disorder that typically starts before age 3, but can be…
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World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month (US)

World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month (US)

Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disorder that typically starts before age 3, but can be (and often is) at older ages.  The current stats are that 1 in 54 children will fall on the autism spectrum.   As we go into the month of April, you may be seeing more posts about autism.   So what exactly is World Autism Day, Autism Awareness Month, and what can I do to help? Check out those answers below: What is World Autism Day? World Autism Day is celebrated annually on April 2nd. Started in 2008, the United Nations enacted this day to help…
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Explaining Autism to an Autistic Child – Resource Guide

Explaining Autism to an Autistic Child – Resource Guide

Having three children on the autism spectrum, we have had our fair share of explaining autism to an autistic child.  When our youngest daughter was diagnosed at age 8, we realized that we needed to explain things a little different to her than we would to our three-year-old or even to a sibling of an autistic child. After a diagnosis, as parents and caregivers, you go through the motions of telling family, friends, and other caregivers about your child's diagnosis.  Typically, you are doing this while you are still grasping at straws to learn about autism yourself.  In this process,…
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Parenting an autistic child- What is it like to parent an autistic child?

Parenting an autistic child- What is it like to parent an autistic child?

Parenting an autistic child is its own ball game.  Having four kids total, two with autism, that's a whole new game!  Parenting is a blessing, and it comes with its struggles as well as joys.  Today was one of the days that was a struggle.  Yet, in retrospect, it made me realize the blessings of my life and children.   While attending a baby shower, I was flooded with a world of emotions.  Not from the shower, but within my own world.  Though I know my children are not the “norm,” they are my norm and I just see them…
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Autism: 7 books for Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum

Autism: 7 books for Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum

    An autism diagnosis is only one small step in this journey.  Being a parent of two children with autism, I have had to learn quickly to adapt.  The more rigid a routine they need, the more its changes mine.  As a parent to an autistic child, you become their advocate.  Children aren't born with a manual, but thankfully we have some books dedicated to helping us parents out!   There is a lot to take in and try to figure out after a diagnosis.  Searching for extra resources shouldn't have to be!  So for all my book loving…
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Diagnosed with Autism at 8 years – Our Daughter’s Journey

Diagnosed with Autism at 8 years – Our Daughter’s Journey

Our household has been through two separate autism diagnosis.  First was our son at age 23 months, then our daughter diagnosed with autism at age 8.  After that, our older daughter also received an Autism Diagnosis at age 11. Below is the story I shared about the process leading up to our younger daughter being diagnosed.  I learned very quickly that autism is different in girls.  So much so, that it is often missed.  She had been going to doctors for years until we found the right doctor. Since then, our lives have changed for the better.  I wanted to…
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Sensory Overload- Learning to Balance Life with Autism

Sensory Overload- Learning to Balance Life with Autism

    One of the biggest expenses our family has invested in over the years, is season passes to Six Flags.  As a child, I only went there a few times. My husband, however, found himself there much more often.  With him having a Halloween birthday, Fright Fest is a must this time of year!  Today was our first attempt at a daytime, fright fest adventure to six flags with an autistic child.  Even as quote "normal" adults, we get a sensory overload every now and again. As a little man whose main sensory issues are visual and hearing, a…
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Our First Autistic Birthday- Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

Our First Autistic Birthday- Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

Last year, we experienced our first autistic birthday (or so we thought!).  This was just six weeks after our son's diagnosis and 6 weeks before our daughters.No two children with autism are the same (I can attest to that!).  But looking back, I wish I had come across someone sharing their story.  It has been moments like these that make I feel God is pulling my heart to continue to share.  With experience comes knowledge.  Even if that knowledge is to bring a coffee and candy bar for myself next time!  Hope you enjoy this flash back to our first autistic…
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Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

As a parent, you quickly learn your children's personalities. We have four children, three girls and one boy.  Now with the girls, I will fully admit that I was overwhelmed.  When our youngest daughter was born, we had three daughters ages five and under.  My mom called them her little whirlwinds, and man did that describe them well! Seven years went by, us thinking that our family was complete. That was until I found out we were pregnant with our fourth child, a boy. This is where the search for an autism diagnosis began. Fast forward.  Early morning on the thirteenth…
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When You Child Isn’t Hitting Their Milestones, Is it Autism?

When You Child Isn’t Hitting Their Milestones, Is it Autism?

Is it autism?  Here is where I shared the story of our son prior to his diagnosis. When we were questioning, but didn't know where to begin and what to expect.  My goal in sharing this intimate view into our lives is to help other parents in this situation.  With 1 in 68 children diagnosed with Autism in the United States, this is more common that not.  If you are looking for a list of symptoms for both babies and children, please see our list here.    I am always here to listen, offer personal advice, or point you in…
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