This has never been a challenge in our lives, but I’ve heard of it, and read the tragic stories in the news. How hard it is to balance safety with self-reliance; understanding that there’s a desire we aren’t aware of or don’t recognize, but that is clear to the person who “wanders”; to not take away anything to ensure safety, but to find safe ways to make more possible. 

The “other” kind of expert

The “other” kind of expert

“From the parenting perspective, I fail to understand how anyone would not benefit from a little ‘insider’ knowledge on what their child might be living.  After all, many of them are living similar things.”

– Who could ask for a better resource than those who HAVE and ARE living as autistic in a neurotypical world – who share their neurology with our children? We neurotypical parents can only guess – autistic adults KNOW.

I’ve changed my mind

I’ve changed my mind

As a parent of an autistic child I consider myself lucky that the Temple Grandin movie was my most recent exposure to autism. I had seen Rainman in my 20’s but it was just a fuzzy memory when my son was diagnosed.  Temple’s struggles, experiences, triumphs, shared perspective, and explanations of what autism was/is to her gave me positive foundation on which to parent my child. The blogs of parents who share a similar journey and attitude, and the blogs of autistic adults have given me even more information, hope and courage to support my atypical child. I am forever thankful that.