Diagnosis

The Journey of Acceptance and Self-Advocacy

I have always known I was different from others; ever since I was a little girl I knew that I had special needs. I knew that I went to therapy, I knew that I...

Special-Ism’s Q & A: Communicating a Diagnosis to Your Special Needs Child

One of our readers writes in, "Hi Chloe, first of all, I want to say a huge thanks for sharing the tips and inside of what it is like to be on the spectrum...my question...

Prepping the Public

There comes a time when you just want one easy day. Whether it be a trip to the grocery store or just running through the bank, everything doesn’t have to be a big ordeal....

Special Needs and Ignorance: Please Get To Know Me, Before You Judge Me!

As an individual who has autism, I have unfortunately came in contact with quite a few ignorant people throughout my life. People who judge me before they get to know me. People who tease...

HELP! I’m a Dad with a Special-Ism Child…What about ME?

MOMS, you are not off the hook from reading this article!  This is not an article just for dads…this an article for everyone, but I want to speak from experience and from the heart…and...

A Public Letter to my Special Needs Son

I will pass this way but once if there's any good that I can do Let me do it now for I'll never pass this way again … Tomorrow may be too late my friend...

For Parents: Getting through the Diagnosis and the Day After

There was something different about Chris from the day he was born. I have always been told that he’s an “old soul,” but he missed every infant milestone: rolling over, sitting up, babbling, talking,...

Talking to Family Members About your Special-Ism Needs Child

If your situation was anything like ours—our first child was diagnosed with autism at age three—I’m sure you can relate to this blog. Whatever the special-ism need…ADHD, anxiety, FASD, Autism, not important…there’s always that dreaded...

Redefining Success for A Special Needs Child

It took me many years to realize how successful my ADHD/Asperger's son really is. We measured Clark by the yardsticks we had been measured by. Did he make A's? Was he a good athlete?...

Accepting Your Child’s Diagnosis

Whenever I meet a parent of a newly diagnosed child, I find myself recommending the usual bibles of autism parenting. The books that one reads to and clings to with such great hope those...