Category: Special Needs

Please Stop Telling Me My Son’s Autism is a Gift…Until You Walk in My Shoes..

It’s been awhile..My freelancing writing and blogging has taking off which is great, but has keeping me from what I’ve wanted to do, write about my love, my boy, Andrew, and spreading Autism Awareness. Every time I sit down to write, I often already have a positive message to end on in mind. I don’t have that today.  Today I…

Dear What Could…

Dear what could have been friend, And I say could have, but it’s not you, it’s me. Typical, right? But hear me out. I am generally a good person. And I don’t mean that in a boasting/bragging kinda way, just a that’s kinda how you should be way. Treat people the way you want to be treated, and all that.…

How to Handle Stimming in Autistic Children

Whether or not you are familiar with the term “stimming” (short for “self-stimulation”), you’ve probably seen it in the form of hand or arm flapping, spinning, rocking back and forth, or self-injurious versions like hitting or biting oneself. Stimming can also be verbal. It’s not uncommon to hear repetitive squealing, screaming, or sound effects coming from a child with Autism.…

The Blame Game, How to Deal with the Self-Guilt of Parenting

I think, one of the main reasons I felt guilt and personal responsibility for causing Andrew’s autism or at least contributing to it; there are so many unknown reasons as to what causes autism that I looked for something concrete. Even if that meant blaming myself. If I could at least put some sort of name, some sort of anything to…

Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc

What is Capital Keys Autism Families about? Capital Keys Autism Families, Inc. is an Oklahoma-based nonprofit organization that has created a way to offer Autism supporters an opportunity to surprise an Autistic child with a gift. Founded by Anthony Tinervia Jr., an Autistic adult who often felt isolated and alone growing up, we have launched a membership club whereby members can…

Where does autism come from when it doesn’t run in the family?

Autism genetics expert Ivan Iossifov breaks down recent research that sheds light on how unaffected parents can pass autism onto their child. Parents with no history of autism in their families have a child who is diagnosed with the disorder. It’s a common and upsetting story. A quick Google search for “autism causes” is all it takes to learn that scientists…