As I look back over the last 18 years, I begin to see life parenting a child with autism as a journey. At times, you move along smoothly, barely noticing how far you have gone. At other times, you seem to encounter one obstacle after another on the road, and there are points where you fear you have lost your way.
As an educator, I have also been privileged to have shared this journey with many other parents and their children. It is truly an honor to celebrate the accomplishments and milestones—whether big or small—and to share the moments of frustration or even despair.
Over the years I have learned much about autism and being Ryan’s mom. But, I know that I still have a great deal to learn, and believe that a lot of that knowledge can come from a dialogue with other parents and professionals.
My interest in writing this blog is to share some thoughts from the perspective of both a parent and a professional who has worked in the disabilities field for more than three decades. From all of these experiences, the motto that I have adopted is that you can look at your cup as half full or half empty. I prefer half full.
While immensely valuable, research in the field of autism sometimes creates a large pool of confusing and often conflicting information. I hope to help others wade through all of the data, studies and opinions to find things that will truly help their child. I also look forward to sharing some of the tips and suggestions that I have found to work for my own family. Stay tuned…I look forward to taking this journey with you.