9c7ad0b3e0829b2193afc1135c149b0e4a557abd3d395693ed Sunday was a beautiful day for a walk in New York City. The sun beamed down from the clear sky upon hundreds of families who came out pumped and ready to walk in honor of their autistic loved ones. As I approached South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, I immediately noticed the diversity of
Social graces do not come naturally to Angel. Not because he is a rude child but because like some children on the autism spectrum he doesn’t quite grasp the concept of manners. I remember the day he asked me for some juice. His way of asking was by saying the word juice, then looking to
I really used to think that I might have done something bad or wrong to cause Angel’s autism. However, I realize that I am not alone. I also realize that I am somewhat fortunate because there are others in far worse situations than me. A few weeks ago, I was asked if I wanted to
Imagine needing a social story to guide you on a date. For people on the autism spectrum, this may be their reality because social impairments are a characteristic of this disability.
1 in 54 boys are on the autism spectrum and my son is that one. As a parent, Angel’s autism diagnosis broke my heart yet it explained so much. It explained his speech delay. It explained why he loved lining up of toys in a row. It explained the head banging (yes, Angel bangs his
We entered the meeting room and sat around the table. A few seconds later, our IFSP meeting began. “Does he bang his head?” “No,” I replied “Does he rock back and forth?” “No,” I replied again. I knew where the district rep was going with her line of questioning. I had heard about autism. I