Why Are You Crying? Re-dux

Source: Why Are You Crying? *Originally written and shared on January 28 2013 when Johnny was 5 years old and was essentially non-verbal. Why are you crying?  Why are you sad?  I see tears and when we have tears it means we are sad.  Who made you sad?  Did somebody make you sad? Did somebody…

Autism In Big Flashing Neon Letters

This is  Autism Awareness Month and before we can look forward we have to take a look back.   Flashback 5 years ago today Autism won.   When I think about that day I was so frustrated because I was trying to desperately get our son Johnny into specialized speech therapy to get the speech going.     I…

Autism Checklist ~ What You Need To Know

  Awareness brings understanding and understanding brings compassion. Originally shared April 16 2012  Source: Autism Checklist ~ What You Need To Know April is Autism Awareness Month and I think its important for friends and family to know what the symptoms of Autism look like to place someone on the autism spectrum. Yes at one…

“Oh…He Is Just Special Needs”

I was sitting at a family gathering when I heard someone dear to me say,  “its ok do not mind him he is just special needs.”  I cringe inside because without meaning too the person has labeled Johnny and quickly made an excuse for him.   Its as if two words will explain away any behaviour…