I have been on a journey with special needs since my son was born, although I didn’t know it for the first couple of years. Up until that time, I had been pretty sure that I just wasn’t a very good mom because it was so difficult to figure out what my son wanted or to get him to communicate with me. In fact, I remember asking a few of my friends how they had taught their children to roll a ball back and forth or to play with a toy car or truck the right way. Of course, they had no idea how they had done it – it had just happened naturally.
A referral from his pediatrician to Early Intervention brought us to a place where we could receive some help for him and some answers for me. Michael, was just 3 months shy of his 3rd birthday when he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder by a developmental pediatrician.
I am so thankful for all the encouragement and support we have received, not only from our family, our friends and our church, but also from the many wonderful professionals and parents of special needs children we have met since then. Michael is now at his neighborhood school, in a regular classroom, with learning and behavioral support.
I began blogging in January of 2008, and it quickly became a passion. I have been especially blessed to find so many amazing parents and professionals from the special needs community online. I was also thrilled to be a part of the team at 5 Minutes for Special Needs for the first year of its existence and to currently be a book reviewer at 5 Minutes for Books.
I post on a variety of topics, ranging from autism to books to daily life.