There's nothing more frustrating than telling someone about your child's special needs and being greeted with an immediate inquisition on potential things they think you could have done to cause them.
Lucas and I had been talking this whole time and I, in all my hope for verbalized words, had missed it.
For many, my son having "special needs" means focusing on the things he can't do. It overshadows many of the powerful things he can.
One of the startling life changes for parents of children with Autism is the revolving door of professionals coming in and out of your living room.
How can I allow my school-aged child with autism to still play with a toy designed for a toddler? Doesn't that go against the very nature of my job?
The hardest thing about my non-verbal son's first day of school was sending him alone on that bus.
I know there are things that he doesn't get about my world. There are things about his world that I don't get. The things we do both understand, though, are special.
Everyone is on the same page in that we're all aware that autism exists. It doesn't mean that people accept it.
Surely he'd talk by three. When three came and went, it was surely four. It was a never ending cycle of "everything will be different next year."
A family is made up of many people. While no member should be raised above others to define you all, no member should hidden in the shadows either.