Interview: Susan Senator and The Autism Mom's Survival Guide

Did you know that autism parents can choose an identity other than Avenging Warrior or Martyr? That it is reasonable to aim for happy lives for us and our children, despite our kids' challenges? If this is news to you, then you need to read Susan Senator's forthcoming The Autism Mom's Survival Guide, A.S.A.P. ...more

Thank you both for sharing this story so honestly and openly. Looking forward to hearing Susan ...more

Tired of Being Tired

I have decided that I am tired of being tired. It’s not even that bone aching tired that you remember from parenting an infant. I would not even call it sleep deprived, even though as parents of autistic children we all know what it means when our children’s rhythms are off and they can’t sleep. ...more

You Have My Permission to Roadtrip Freely

Guilt doesn't just eat parents of kids with special needs alive -- it disembowels us, especially when we think about taking time for ourselves. How can we go away? What if we're the only ones who can take care of our kids' needs? Or our absence would be a very big change, and any change results in air raid siren-volume tantrums? Or we know so many other parents who never get a break, who have no ability to take a break, who need a break worse than we do? How can we even think of getting away when ours lives are so intertwined with our children's? How can we possibly be so self-indulgent, so cavalier? ...more

And I'm really glad you can get away with your husband. We're still trying to figure that one ...more

Gravity Pulls You In: An Interview With Kyra Anderson

Seven years ago, when my two-year-old son Leo was declared "autistic," it was difficult to find books about his many possible futures. The most popular 2003 autism books from parents' perspectives -- Catherine Maurice's Let Me Hear Your Voice, and Karyn Seroussi's Unraveling the Mystery of Autism -- were tales of hope, but also of autism conquered and cured....more

What a great interview!  Progress with respect to autism supports & services will ...more

"Got Milf? - A Mommalogue" by Sarah Maizes

"Got Milf?"  You should!  This is a link to the video of my performance of my "Mommalogue" (I made up that proud of it), which I performed for "Expressing Motherhood" here in LA last month.Send this video to your girlfriends, sisters, aunts (yes...maybe even your own mother) and let them know it's time for Milf's EVERYWHERE to stand up and be counted!, there is no inappropriate material contained on the video - but the language is a little "sassy")....more

Kids With Special Needs Are Not "God's Punishment"

According to Bob Marshall of Virginia, kids like my son are a punishment for women who chose to abort previous pregnancies (something I actually chose NOT to do, ooh irony). From ...more

Jenny McCarthy spews ignorance though. Her thoughts about an autism cause and cure are ...more

The Soccer Game That Stopped My Heart

I still remember the end-of-season tournament for 12-year-old Mackenzie and her advanced-level soccer team. It consisted of two games on Saturday -- 9 and 5 -- and at least one game on Sunday -- two if they won the first three games. I love the team she plays on: the girls are friendly and warm and the parents kind and inviting. Her coaches have taught her a LOT, and this team has really been a great fit for her. ...more

My daughter doesn't even have asthma, but I think your story sums up that running-in-the-sand ...more

I wish he could stay 12 forever

We were sitting on the plane on our way to Paris and Louis was grinning from ear to ear when he was presented with a kid’s meal when dinner was served. I’m not sure why I even ordered it for him, I guess because I could. Many typical 12 year olds wouldn’t be that excited for the silly toy and applesauce. But Louis was....more