It is estimated that 1 in 66 children and youth has been diagnosed with autism in Canada, yet many people don’t even know what it really is!
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Being a mom is one of the greatest joys of my life. While life doesn’t always turn out the way we imagine, my parenting journey has changed me in ways I never could have expected.
I have three children, one who is considered “severely” autistic. I’ve been fortunate enough to have connected with amazing therapists, autistic self advocates, researchers to further my knowledge and expertise on autism. Not surprisingly, I’ve learned the most from my kids!
My philosophy is to keep it positive, but don’t deny yourself the opportunity to feel the tough times. I’m creating a community of parents who can celebrate the joys and successes, but also get real about the fears and downsides of autism spectrum disorder.
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Need a fresh perspective for your media outlet?
Being open and vulnerable about our experiences is one way we can help others. I’m passionate about sharing my story so other parents know they aren’t alone.
If you are looking for parent perspective for an upcoming story, I would love to chat with you. My son was diagnosed at age 4, and is on the severe end of the spectrum. He’s the middle child of three, and both his siblings are without a diagnosis.
Are you a podcast host?
Let’s chat! Parenting is a challenging ride that I’m not afraid to discuss. Autism is something I think many audiences are interested in learning more about.
The topics I am most interested in covering are disabled parenting, debunking autism myths, autism signs I missed, traveling with a disabled person. I’m always open to ideas too!
What I wish I had known when my son was diagnosed.
Diagnosis criteria are constantly changing. There were many signs of autism my son was showing that I didn’t pick up on because of outdated stereotypes.
As a result of my ignorance, my son was diagnosed a lot later than he probably “should” have been. I’m now on a mission to help other parents understand the more subtle signs of autism so they can get an early as possible diagnosis for their child.
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Over the years I’ve written for a wide variety of publications including Today’s Parent, Mother.ly, The EveryMom and JillianHarris.com. I’ve also been a guest on quite a few podcasts. If you’d like to check them out you can do so at the clickable links below.
You can also find me on Instagram @theautismedit
Sharing the joys & successes, plus the fears & challenges of raising an autistic child
In 2016 one of my children was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Though I was surrounded by supportive family and friends; I felt completely alone. None of them could relate to what I was going through. What helped me during that time was hearing stories of people who had been through a similar experience and found their way to a more positive outlook on autism.
Since that time I have embraced the fact my child’s diagnosis has been a gift. I have been able to connect with some incredible therapists and autistic self advocates. I’ve also met some amazing talents in the research field, and have learned much from books, seminars and info sessions.
My goal is to share my experiences in the hope that it benefits someone else in their journey. To cultivate a community where we can celebrate the joys and successes, but also the fears and challenges of ASD.
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