What is the “shy newbie?” This is a term I created. To me, it means the individual who won’t talk about autism yet they most likely have someone in their life on the autism spectrum.
Every once in a while I like to revisit some classic autism-related characteristics. This time I’m going to revisit obsessions.
Recently, I was reminded that my son always seems to have one or two obsessions. One of the latest ones I find very interesting and it makes me love him even more while also reminding me of one of the hallmarks of his diagnosis... autism.
I recently completed my sixth turn as the Volunteer Chair for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk. This position is a committee position and I have to organize and post 300 volunteers for walk day.
I believe that I can go up to any person and ask, “Do you know someone on the autism spectrum?” and that person will know SOMEONE.
That person will have a nephew, a co-worker’s son, or a hairdresser’s niece. This is just my belief but when I’ve actually gone out into the world and tested this theory, the results generally support it.
How much of a presence should I be at my child’s school?
I am a big believer of being a “presence” at my child’s school. I do it for some typical reasons…and for one very specific reason.
What are my typical reasons?
I recently attended yet another autism conference.
Now, for me, attending a conference is about education. I want to learn what’s new in the autism world. I already have a working knowledge of autism but I like to keep up with the latest.
A problem for me is I am not that outgoing.
What do I do at a conference?
Recently, I spotted a list called “Some things I wish I knew before I had my child with autism.” It was fun to read, and in honor of Autism Awareness Month, I decided to assemble my own.
Here’s my own version of the things I wish I knew before I had my child with autism:
1. Having my child matured me in ways I never thought possible. But, it was his autism that really made me understand human behavior. I had to learn how to break down human behavior into parts - understand antecedents, deal with responses, and find ways to resolve each issue.
When we have our babies, it is natural to transform into “mama bear”, stopping at nothing to defend and protect. For the mama who has a child facing additional challenges, this instinct goes into overdrive.
In my last blog, I discussed going to an annual autism conference (paid for by regional centers if you live in California). I discussed why I go. In this blog, I will discuss three specifics about attending a conference.
Recently, I discussed some tips on traveling without your autistic child. I specifically discussed how I had attended my annual writer’s conference in San Francisco and how I dealt with leaving my child for several days.