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Why We Share Our Journey

“Do you know how much preparation (both physically and emotionally) and courage it takes for some of us to just take our kids out of the house because we know the stares and judgment we’ll get just for being different?”

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To My Son, on Your 18th Birthday

“Out of all the little boys in the world, how did I get the very best one?”

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Raising a Child with Autism Can Be Lonely but It Doesn’t Have to Be

“The best way for your friends and family to support you as a parent raising a child with autism is to tell them. Tell them about your child. Tell them about your struggles, your child’s struggles, strengths, passions, victories, and all the things.”

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Whether We Want to Believe or Not, Words Have Power

“The way we talk to people isn’t a reflection of them as much as it is a reflection of ourselves. The way we talk to and about our children becomes their inner voice.”

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The Day the Tables Turned

“I suddenly found myself trying to flip the switch from teacher, to mom. I wasn’t advocating for accommodations for my students anymore, I was doing it for my own child.”

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The System Is Failing Our Autistic Adults

“For families like mine, who support a loved one with autism, our daily fight advocating for services, resources and equality lasts for the entirety of our child’s life and likely beyond my own lifetime.”

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The Space between a Diagnosis & Not Knowing

“My heart goes out to you. I know how you’re feeling. I know the pain. I know the heartbreak. It’s one of the worst feelings ever. But, hang in there.”

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Failure to Thrive

“‘Failure to Thrive’ is a cruel diagnosis. It felt as much like a condemnation of my mothering as it was evident that something was wrong with my child.”

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What I Learned about Opening Up after My Son’s ASD Diagnosis

“I told myself over and over again that just because he now had the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder nothing changed. He was still the exact same amazing little boy that he was seconds before the doctor had said the words out loud.”

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Is It Autism or a Speech Delay?

“Regardless if your child is delayed only in expressive language or if he is already diagnosed with severe autism, you as a parent can learn to detect and treat delays and help your child to catch up as much as possible.”

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known about Life with Autism

“I wish I could go back to myself on that day with my tear-filled eyes and fill myself in on a little of what I’ve learned so far.”

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I Had to Grow up Faster Than I Ever Imagined

“While my friends were out living their best lives, my life suddenly felt like I was parachuted into the middle of a dark jungle, expected to walk down a path I’ve never seen before. With no directions, no map, no flashlight, and definitely no tour guide.”

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To the Mom Going through a Diagnosis during a Global Pandemic

“While others are fighting for toilet paper off the shelves, and others are angry that their travel plans have come to halt, our worries become much bigger, and yet feel so little to the rest of the world.”

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There Is No Room for Shame Here

“I’m not ashamed of autism and you shouldn’t be either because it’s not about a diagnosis. It’s about the person.”

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I Was Surprised to Learn Amanda Gorman and I Have This in Common

“Love who you are and be who you are, at all costs. Once you commit to this kind of philosophy, the sky’s the limit.”

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My New Forever

“I couldn’t bear to think about forever then, I could barely think of what would happen between now and his next birthday. I just needed to get through today.”

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When Everything & Nothing Changes

“Despite receiving the diagnosis I always suspected, I knew him just like I had known him from the very moment he took his first breath into the world.”

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Somewhere in the Middle of Hope

“Hope is the air we breathe during survival mode.”

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To the Special Needs Parents Who Came before Us

“Thank you. You have allowed me to learn from your life and to change what I thought this parenting journey would look like with a fresh perspective.”

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My Son Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder & Every Day Is a Struggle—but We Manage

“I love my child with everything I’ve got, but there are times when he’s hard to like.”

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Don’t Give Up Looking for Your Tribe

“When our son Charlie was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4—almost five years ago now—we were so lost. If you haven’t found your people yet, I encourage you to keep searching. Because when you finally find them, it will be a beautiful thing.”

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Diagnosis Day & The World After

“It had been a long 24 hours. One minute I was in the preschool pick-up line living my best life and the next I was on the phone being told that there was an opening to get Whitman evaluated for autism.”

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Accepting, Connecting & Celebrating

“When you have a child/adult with learning differences and speech delays, when they are able to tell you spontaneously, unscripted, and unprompted what they want, you want to shout it from the rooftops! “

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When It Comes to Autism, These Are My 7 Wishes

“And while there are so many, many things I wish I could change about the system itself, the main changes are ones I wish I could simply make in others. But not my boy.”

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The Diagnosis That Confirmed What I Already Knew

“As we got to the car all I could do was sit and cry, saying ‘I wasn’t crazy,’ confirming what my maternal instinct had been telling me.”

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Study Shows Children With Autism & ADHD May Be Able to Be Identified Earlier

Kids will benefit from early assessment and interventions.

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What Being a Dr. Mom Has Taught Me About Gratitude

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I have the privilege of being a doctor, I have the distinct honor of taking care of people, little (very cute) people to be precise. I don’t take this task lightly but much of what…

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How I Told My Kids I Was Diagnosed with Cancer

“As a two-time cancer survivor, wife, and mom of three children, here are some of my thoughts about ‘telling the kids’ based on my experiences.”

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When Your Child Receives An Autism Diagnosis: The Stages Might Surprise You

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Life with an autistic child happens in stages. And thankfully so! If we, as their parents, had to undertake every single aspect all at once, we might not be able to shoulder the weight and escape…

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Why Being the Mother of a Son with Down Syndrome Became a Blessing

“Because of Josh, I learned to love with a vulnerability I never knew existed in me. I learned to focus on ability instead of labeling anything a disability.”

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GiGi’s Playhouse Launches the “Step to Accept Challenge”

This virtual run-walk-ride designed to send a message of acceptance across the world.

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Celiac Disease in Kids: You’ve Got Questions, We Have the Answers

Curious about Celiac Disease? Hear from Dr. Nasha Khavari, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Palo Alto, California and who is affiliated with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

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5 Ways to Practice Compassion through the Holidays

“No matter how you give and give back this holiday season and beyond, stay mindful about those in need. May we all be lucky enough to not need, but when we do, may we all have the support of our loved ones and community to help us through.”

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The Truth Behind Neuropsychological Testing

Has your child been referred for a neuropsychological evaluation? If so, Dr. Kimberly Berens wants you to read this first.

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The Three Gifts of the Father

At the age of 41, I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. It was completely out-of-the blue, as I had no symptoms, except for a solid mass discovered by my doctor during a routine exam. The diagnosis alone was terrifying, but…

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Ask the Allergist: What Is a Food Allergy?

What is a food allergy exactly and how are they diagnosed?

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