Overloaded

When it comes to parenting Autism, I often like to reference the cup-full-cup-empty analogy. Aiden's meltdowns aren't an "attack" to me. Whenever it happens and how often it happens isn't because I am not a good parent. Meltdowns happen because his sensory cup is full. And like a cup filled to the top, it won't... Continue Reading →

Don’t Let Go

Most of 2020, Aiden stayed in his underwear in the house. He would be very quick to get completely and appropriately dressed at the hint of going outside. But as soon as he comes home and barely a few steps from the door, he starts leaving a trail of clothes. Shoes, socks, shirts, shorts/pants. Thank... Continue Reading →

Don’t Minimize Me

Don’t minimize me.Don’t minimize my grief.Don’t minimize my loss.Do not underestimate my pain.Do not belittle my cause.Don’t minimize me.You don’t go through what I do.You don’t cry my tears or live my fears.Unless these feet becomes yours to walk,Don’t minimize my efforts.I do not doubt your pain.I cannot imagine your burden.But my goodness, you have... Continue Reading →

Improved Communication

Last year, I posted "Can You Say No to an Autistic Child" where I talked about the challenges with being able to say "No" to our first-born Aiden who is on the Autism Spectrum. I also included strategies that helped us avoid triggering meltdowns whenever we had to say "No". The most important take-away from... Continue Reading →

Safety Measures

I remember when we first had Aiden, I constantly felt the need to protect him from every little danger. I often times struggled to feel at ease. I was always afraid that he would get hurt. When he was sound asleep, even in my arms, I would check if he was still breathing. I think... Continue Reading →

My Big Picture

With everything that is going on in the world today, it can be tempting to forego the joys of what the Holiday Season brings. What brings you joy? Think about it. It doesn't need to be anything grand and it may not even be stereotypically exclusive to Christmas. I'm talking about those simple joys that... Continue Reading →

I Thought I Was Decided

I really thought I was decided. And yet, here I am agonizing again. What do I do? Which way do I go? Parenting is truly one of the hardest jobs in the world. Being in charge of another person's life because they are too young or they may not have the ability to do so... Continue Reading →

Embracing the Imperfect

I grew up wanting things to be perfect and trying to be perfect. As far back as I can remember, it was instilled in me to always act and present myself for other people's judgement. Well... it may not have been in these exact words but yes, the context is pretty much it. "What will... Continue Reading →

Autism Does Not Define Us

I felt so appalled the first time someone suggested that Aiden "maybe" had Autism. He was only 2 years old at that time and he was going for speech therapy because of language delay. I remember being so angry. How could she say such a thing! Hubby was equally angry. How dare her! It couldn't... Continue Reading →

Our New Chapter: Diagnosis

Both of Aiden's past Autism diagnoses came from 2 school districts in 2 different states. There isn't really a shred of doubt in our minds (and hearts) that he truly has ASD. The only question was, where in the spectrum does he fall into? So why haven't we sought the formal diagnosis after all these... Continue Reading →

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