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Autism: Three Years and Counting

Three years ago today, we were told that Angel is on the autism spectrum. He was four-years old. I remember that day vividly. I remember how I felt and what I said. His autism diagnosis changed my outlook on what it means to be a parent. His autism diagnosis changed everything. His autism diagnosis changed

 

How My Autistic Son Taught Me to be a Better Person

I remember when Angel got his first vaccination. He was two-months old. As the needle pierced his little thigh a slow cry erupted from his mouth. I remember my heart growing heavy and tears welling in my eyes. This must be unconditional love. I felt his pain. Years later, my autistic son is still teaching

 

Child Passenger Safety Week: Let’s Keep our Kids with Autism Safe

(I am pleased to share this guest post with you by my good friend, NicksMommy, who is also a mom raising a son with autism.) Having lived in New York City my entire life, I was very spoiled when it came to getting where I had to go with public transportation within arm’s reach. I

 

Giveaway: Stay on Schedule with Tibbar’s Everyday Big Board

Disclaimer: I received one Tibbar’s Everyday Big Board for my son Angel to try out.  I did not receive monetary compensation to conduct this giveaway. Back to School time is finally here. As parents of children with special needs like autism, we know how important it is to keep them on a schedule. Today, I

 

Our Autism Life: “Nothing Beats a Failure but a Try”

One lesson I am learning as a parent of a child with autism is that I have to look past my own fears when it comes to my son. It is just that simple and it is just that hard! This summer, I enrolled Angel in a mainstream swimming class at one of our state

 

Paying it Forward with Little Remedies

What do you do when you receive a set of Little Remedies New Parents’ Survival Kits and your kid is no longer a baby? You pay it forward and give them away. The products included in each kit do not contain artificial flavors or colors, unnecessary additives, aspirin, ibuprofen, saccharin, or alcohol. This made me feel better

 

Why Minority Voices Matter in the Autism Community

  “What can the white special needs community do to help the brown special needs community?” I was asked this question at the BlogHer ’14 Special Needs Mini Con session this past weekend in San Jose, CA. I had to pause when I heard it. I wasn’t ready. I explained in my response that in the brown

 

4 Things You Can Say When You Hear that a Child Is Autistic

I shared this meme on Facebook today and everyone had an opinion. Some people agreed with me and some did not. Some parents shared that they do feel sorry that their child has autism. Others felt that people say they are sorry because they do not know what else to say. This is what I like about our

 

My Autistic Kid Had Another Run in At the Playground

Angel’s weekends are usually jammed packed with activities. We try to keep him as busy as possible because it is great for his personal growth and it prevents him from bouncing off the walls with boredom. Today we took him to the playground on the way to swimming. We needed to pass some time because

 

I Lost Angel Today and by God’s Grace I Found Him

Angel was very impatient as we stood on the line for the kiddie coaster. We were at an amusement park for the afternoon after spending the morning doing some great water activities. The morning event was held by a local organization that provides fun events for families of children with special needs. After a short wait, it

 

Autism Parents: Do You Make These Mistakes? #CHURCH

We haven’t been to church since Easter. I get a lot of anxiety when we take Angel to church because of his behavior, so we sit out most Sundays. Last Easter, we had a good experience because one of the staff in the church’s child care room works with kids with autism. Is this the

 

Autism: The Gray Area Between Being Verbal and Non Verbal

Has anyone ever asked you if your child with autism was verbal? If your child can hold a conversation or even ask and answer questions, then you probably said that your child was verbal. If your child has no words at all, then you probably said that your child was non verbal. My six-year old

 

An Autism Dad’s Reflections on Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, many dads are recognized for their roles as fathers to their children and to children who are not their own. Being a father is a blessing that bears no time limits and no time outs. Being a father is a job where you may encounter successes and failures. Being a father is

 

My Take: Toni Braxton, Abortion, and Autism

Legendary singer and performer Toni Braxton recently started a firestorm within the autism community while promoting her memoirs. Toni revealed that when her son, Diezel was diagnosed with autism she believed that it was a punishment from God because she had an abortion years ago. Yes Toni’s words are alarming to me as a parent of a child with autism

 

Movie Review: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors seeks to raise awareness about autism and the impact it can have on the entire family. The film follows 13-year old Ricky (played by Jesus Sanchez-Velez) who wanders into the NYC subway system days before Hurricane Sandy hits. Like the character he plays, Jesus is also on the autism

 

Senseez Vibrating Pillow Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received one Red Octagon Senseez pillow for my review. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. Angel’s hyperactivity is an issue that we have been dealing with for years. As a child on the autism spectrum, behavioral and sensory processing challenges are Angel’s reality. When the folks at

 

Celebrating Mother’s Day as an Autism Mom

As a mother of an only child who is on the autism spectrum, I have always had a pity party for myself on Mother’s Day. Instead of appreciating what was right in front of me, I focused on the day that my son Angel would make a big fuss over me on this special occasion.

 

Services, Respite, and Letting Go

Angel had his school holiday respite intake yesterday. This is a Medicaid waiver service that is administered through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in New York. This program takes children between ages 6 and 13. It also follows the 12-month school program schedule, so they are open when children are on break. If

 

Autism Awareness: The Chuck E. Cheese’s Edition

Disclaimer: I was sent one Chuck E. Cheese’s guest pass for my review. I did not receive financial compensation. All opinions are mine. Angel had a great experience at Chuck E. Cheese’s during his spring break. We went on a week day because we wanted to avoid the crowds. There were a lot of kids

 

Simply Fun: Autism Awareness Month Game Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received one Tibbar’s Big Box of Words game and monetary compensation from Simply Fun for my review. All opinions are my own. Tibbar’s Big Box of Words from Simply Fun came into our home at the right time. My six-year old son Angel who is on the autism spectrum is constantly walking around

 

Autism Awareness: Single Parenting a Child with Autism

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Single Parenting a Child with Autism.  Now I present to you Grace. Her son Ryan has been on the autism spectrum for two and a half years. Grace

 

Why the R-Word Makes Me Cringe!

Every time I hear the r-word, it makes me cringe and it angers me at the same time. For those who do not know, the r-word is short for “retard” or “retarded.” The term was used in past generations to mean slowed down or held back. The term was also used in “mental retardation” as

 

Autism Awareness: Autism and Vaccines

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Autism and Vaccines.  Now I present to you Eddie who is the father of a wonderful six-year old boy named Donnivin. Miz Kp: What is the first thing

 

A Candle for Every Autistic Child Lost to Wandering

I have asked this question before and I will ask it again: How many more must die? Wandering is a real issue in the autism community. It affects all of us. Whenever a child with autism goes missing, we mobilize into action like never before. We know the risks. We know what could happen. We

 

Autism Awareness: My Early Intervention Experience

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: My Early Intervention Experience.  Now I present to you Chantel who is a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful kids including her wonderful three-year old son Prince who was

 

1 in 68 Children Are on the Autism Spectrum… Now What?

Today the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its report on the prevalence of autism in the United States. Here are the numbers: 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum. These are the numbers further broken down by gender: 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. These numbers are based on

 

Autism Awareness: Coping with Meltdowns

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Coping with Meltdowns.  Now I present to you Luis Vendrell who is a married father of two. His three-year old son, Elijah was diagnosed with PDD-NOS when he

 

Autism and Basketball

We had a rare opportunity to take Angel to see a basketball game last night. It was a match up between the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Bobcats at the Barclay’s Center. Taking a child with autism to a packed basketball arena on a school night for the first time had me a bit nervous

 

Autism: Celebrating Angel’s Potty Training Victory!

I am so proud of my lil guy!! He went to bed WITHOUT pull ups and woke up DRY!!! The path to this day has been paved with many potty training adventures. Let us start with the… The Preschool Days When Angel was in preschool, he had a potty training goal on his IEP. I

 

Autism Awareness: Parenting a Child with Autism

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Parenting a Child with Autism. Now I present to you Demetrus who is a father and husband. His four-year old daughter, Lailah has been  been diagnosed with ASD. 

 

5 Ways Doctors Can Help Autistic Children Have Better Visits

This week Angel had two doctors’ visits and let’s just say that each one was an emotional roller coaster for him and for us. Honestly, Angel hates going to the doctor and this includes going to his pediatrician who has treated him since birth. So what can doctors do to help autistic children have an

 

Autism Awareness: Processing My Child’s Autism Diagnosis

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! I will interview a minimum of two parents per month. During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Processing My Child’s Autism Diagnosis I present to you Scott. He is a Methodist pastor who is married

 

How Couples Can Support Each Other in Parenting a Child with Autism

Being a supportive spouse is something that can make a marriage thrive. However support is even more crucial when raising a child who is on the autism spectrum. Sometimes your spouse is all you have to help you deal with the challenges that autism can bring into your family. Here are 10 ways that couples

 

Autism Awareness: Taking Charge of My Child’s Education

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! I will interview a minimum of two parents per month. During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Taking Charge of My Child’s Education. I present to you Bielka, an educator and an advocate. Her son’s

 

Can Avonte’s Law Keep Our Children With Autism Safe?

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced plans to introduce Avonte’s Law, which will allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism and developmental disorders. The law will also expand support services for families of children with autism and other developmental disorders in which bolting and wandering is common.

 

Goodbye Avonte Oquendo!

This past Tuesday, I received the worst piece of news that a parent can ever get about their child: Their child is dead! On January 21st, news reports confirmed that the remains of a once missing child belong to Avonte Oquendo. I have nothing but tears and an angry face. Anger is what I feel

 

The Impact of Autism on My Marriage

Marriage can be a roller coaster ride. This is to be expected when two people are trying to build a life together. So what happens when autism enters the mix? Although autism impacts each child and marriage in a different way, there are some common issues that autism families face. They can include financial challenges,

 

Autism Awareness: New Year, New Goals

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: New Year, New Goals. Now I present to you Jessi, who is the writer of the blog Deciphering Morgan. She is also the mom to Morgan (autistic ham),

 

Ten Things that Made Us Say Yay! In 2013

Ah yes! Here we are at the beginning of a new year. See ya 2013! We had a good ride. As we welcome, 2014, I need to pause and reflect on some of the events that made us break out the pom poms for Angel in 2013. 1. Angel started expressing more empathy for others.

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Gift of the Ladybug

Disclaimer: I was contacted by Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR to review The Gift of the Ladybug. I received two complimentary copies of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. The Gift of the Ladybug written by Carole M. Amber is a short story, which takes readers on the emotional journey

 

Announcing our MY BUDDY TAG Winners!

I received an overwhelming response to our My Buddy Tag Giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered. Reading all the reasons why parents wanted this device really touched me. I wish I could’ve given everyone a device but I could only choose two of you. The winners have already been notified and their their buddy tags

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

I wish you all the best this holiday season. Don’t forget to enter our My Buddy Tag Giveaway. It ends tomorrow. Click here to enter. Sincerely, Miz Kp  

 

My Buddy Tag (Child Safety Tracking Device) Giveaway x2

As parents of children with autism the chances of losing a child is a scary thought but wandering is real in our community. Many autistic children have a tendency to wander or run off without any notice when they hear certain sounds or find something interesting. I have been a strong advocate for keeping our children safe

 

Five Reasons Why I Will Miss Angel’s Special Education Teacher

I am not very good at goodbyes. I am usually a blubbering, crying mess. This past Friday was Angel’s special education teacher, Mrs. S. last day. She is moving to another state and will be teaching at another school. When I first heard the news, I went through a series of emotions including shock, sadness,

 

Autism Awareness: The Parent-Therapist Relationship

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! I will interview a minimum of two parents per month. During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: The Parent-Therapist Relationship. I present to you Mallory, a 24-year old mother to five-year old Holland who is

 

Autism Is Not A Burden

Angel is not a burden. Yes, you read correctly. Angel has autism and he is not a burden. I do not go to sleep at night lamenting my fate because my child is on the autism spectrum. Angel is an easy going child. He is very affectionate, very active, and has no behaviors that would

 

Why This Dad Is Thankful on Thanksgiving

Dear Angel, Thank you for allowing me to be your father. Thank you for being a wonderful child. Thank you for loving me back. Thank you for showing me how to care for those I do not know. Thank you for making me see things broader than they really are. Thank you for displaying acts

 

Autism Awareness: Advocating For My Child

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! I will interview a minimum of two parents per month. During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Advocating For My Child. I present to you Mrs. K, mom to six-year old Aiden who likes to

 

Autism Awareness: Wandering

Welcome to my Autism Awareness Parent Interview Series! I will interview two parents per month. During these interviews, we will cover a specific theme regarding autism awareness. Our theme this week is Autism Awareness: Wandering. I present to you Iliana who is the mother to two beautiful children, a 7-year old daughter and a five-year

 

Autism Is Not Contagious

Picture this: Angel and I are standing on the train platform. It is cold. Too cold for November. Angel is munching on Doritos as we wait for the next train. All of a sudden, he turns around and looks at one of the ads on the platform wall. “BLUE!” he yells. The lady sitting next