9 Tips To Help You Plan Your Military Move With A Special Needs Child

There’s no question that when a military family gets PCS orders, the blood pressure and anxiety kicks up a notch. Why wouldn’t it, the perfect list of what to do is like a long lost ancient scroll that only exists on a stone cave wall somewhere.

Do you move yourself, or let the military do it? Is it in the middle of the school year, or the summer months? Can you find a place to live, or go on base housing? Endless chaos, that can never be perfected. For some families though, the stress is even more intense, and they have to PCS with a special needs child.

My Family

With my family, we are a Marine Corp family that have been together for 11 years. My wife and I got married on 7/7/07 (fun right), and started having children a few years later. I am an Infantry Unit Leader, so much of our married life consisted of me in the field and conducting some sort of work up for deployment. Shortly after my son turned 2 (2013 timeframe), the Naval Hospital found a peach size tumor on the back side of his brain. Three brain surgeries and months later, we were in the recovery phase of his life.

Thankful to God that are son was able to be healed and able to even conduct the recovery phase, the process was still hard for the entire family (right before the tumor was found we also had our daughter). Our son was essentially a new born baby after the first brain surgery and had to learn how to talk and walk, or everything for that manner, all over again. This called for laborious hours of physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and countless MRI’s and neurology appointments.

Two years into this process, our son was also diagnosed with Autism, and also attends ABA therapy and group behavioral therapy. My wife tends to all of these therapies, most are multiple times a week, and also homeschools our son. It’s a busy life, but she manages and never complains. It took years to perfect this scheme, tons of phone calls and arguments to perfect the schedule, all around a military lifestyle.

Around 2016, I had been in the Marine Corps for 12 years and had been on the east coast for the entire duration, all around Camp Lejeune area. We knew it would come eventually, and it did. We received PCS orders and had to not only deal with the normal stress, but also figure out the best care and adjust to new hospitals for our son.

PCS With A Special Needs Child

Now that you have the background, lets get into the informational part that we learned through our PCS move. First and foremost, the medical piece is the absolutely most important when it come to a PCS with a special needs child.

Medical

  1. If you have a child on EFMP that has quite a bit of appointments, get a Case Manager. Our have been great, and assists with referrals, appointments, anything that we need her to. If you have a Case Manager, work with them to set you up with a new one in the location you have PCS orders to. That person will be extremely helpful with the move.
  2. Contact the EFMP office at your next duty station, and start working with them right away with your transition.
  3. Find a PCM that fits your needs. We had different PCM’s, one for our daughter and one for a son. The PCM for our son had experience with kids in therapies and Autism, and was extremely helpful. She never gives us problems with referrals, and makes our son a priority. Ask around and talk to EFMP managers to assist in this.
  4. Make sure your current therapist know about the move, and work with the transition piece. Don’t make it a surprise for the child, and all of a sudden there are a bunch of new therapists getting your child to redo basic goals that have already been accomplish.
    1. Ask current therapist to reach out and find out what therapy offices are best recommended
    2. Have each therapist write and basically spell out what the child has accomplished already, and what future goals they have set up for the child. There is no need to set new goals with a new therapist, the same plan should be followed at first. Any good therapist will know this.
    3. Design a medical record type system for each therapy the child attends. Don’t group therapies all together, as the new location may not offer all of them with one facility. We go to multiple facilities at our new duty station.
    4. Make sure the EFMP case worker and your medical case manager have copies of all of this and understands what you are trying to accomplish. Tell them your goals, and make it theirs.
  5. For major hospital visits, figure out the distance you will have to travel from your new location. We have one brain surgeon that has always seen our son on follow up and MRI’s. and it will continue that way no matter how far I have to travel. With that being said, you need to get the PCM on the same page. After the PCM agrees and sets up that referral, find the medical travel department and start finding out exactly what you need to do for those visits to be covered. We travel to UNC Chapel Hill every single year to conduct brain scans and visit with neurologists, it has never come out of our pocket because we did our homework and follow all policies correctly.
  6. Make copies of everything medical you have on the child. Make sure the hospital gives you copies of everything they have done. HAVE COPIES OF EVERYTHING

Educational

  1. Ensure your IEP is up to date, and will not run out before the PCS move is complete. The school has to follow the current IEP plan until a new meeting and IEP is agreed upon. DO NOT get bullied out of your current IEP from any school, ensure they follow the plan until they can offer up their own IEP plan that you agree upon.
  2. Make sure all records are kept from previous schools, and make copies. Goals, treatment, everything. Our son has a permanent VP Shunt in his head to drain spinal fluid. The school had no idea what it was and went through great lengths to make sure he was ok when they first had him in the school. If we had properly briefed them on the VP shunt, they would have known what to expect.

New Unit

Lastly, ensure the new unit is tracking on what you need from them. I find that every time I go to a new unit, if I am up front and tell them everything there is to know about my son, they are always willing to help. Let them know that it is going to be difficult around the house while you figure out the new schedule. Make sure you portray that you are not going to take advantage of them, and that it will not effect you professionally. This goes a long ways, and can pay off in the end when difficult times arise in the future.

It took us a 1 1/2 years to get all for the therapies back in place, and him finally enrolled in school with the plan we want. Between waiting lists, available time spots, and new IEP’s, the process can be stressful. The key is not to panic, find help, and use all available programs and specialists to get you where you need to be. Be strong, and always put your family first.

How A Pediatric Brain Tumor Affected Carter’s Life

Before we get started, if you haven’t read about Carter’s story, do so by clicking here. This will help you get a better understanding on who he is and what challenges he has been through.

Now on to today’s discussion, and having a conversation about Pediatric Brain Tumors and the effect it had on Carter overall. No need to state the obvious here, I know you guys are thinking about how crazy this title is, a brain tumor is a brain tumor and it will undoubtedly have drastic effects on every person. However, I think it is important to understand how it affected Carter individually, as it is important to us to let others know that it isn’t a sentence of no return. Life can continue, future adventures will occur, and although there will still be anxiety and scary times, this will not be the case 24/7.

What is a brain tumor?

Here is some information straight from the Boston’s Children Hospital

Brain tumors are relatively rare in children, occurring in only five of every 100,000 children. Although childhood brain tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), both types can be life-threatening. Nevertheless, children with brain tumors generally have a better prognosis than adults with a similar condition.

About 2,200 children and adolescents in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year. Most children and adolescents who develop brain tumors survive into adulthood. However, many will face physical, psychological, social and intellectual challenges related to their treatment.

Brain tumors are commonly treated with surgery and/or other therapies including chemotherapy and radiation. However, as scientists continue to learn more about the specific genetic mutations that occur in childhood brain tumors, they are starting to develop targeted treatments (precision medicine) that can be used in brain tumor treatment.

Symptoms

* vomiting.
* seizures.
* weakness of the face, trunk, arms, or legs.
* slurred speech.
* difficulty standing or walking.
* poor coordination.
* headache.
* in babies and young toddlers, a rapidly enlarging head

With these symptoms, you may not always see all of them at once, or in our case at all. You see, when you are present with your child every single day with a military life, you tend not to see slowly developing changes. We didn’t have family close by to take the children for a week, or use drop off services on a daily bases, so we see them every day. However, when Kelli’s parents came down to visit they knew right away something was wrong, and talked Kelli in taking him to the ER the very next morning, where they found the brain tumor

How it Affects Carter

Well, quite frankly, there isn’t much that has drastically changed his life. He does have the tube running down the side of his neck for the VP Shunt that helps drain the fluid from his brain. It is visible, but as he grows it becomes less noticeable. He hates nurses, no matter what he despises them. Have no fear, we still love y ‘all, but you guys lost with Carter. It only took one nurse to put an IV in him during his first visit, and now he hates them. If you read our post about nurses here, you will get a better understanding.

Everything else is pretty good. We go back once a year for a check up, an MRI and consult with the surgeon, but everything has been great so far. No regrowth, no scares, and we thank God every day for such. We will always have a little anxiety when it comes time to go to UNC, but we get through it. We actually are going on July 5th for his follow up next week, so the anxiety already has begun.

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Our Experience With Autism and Restaurants

When it comes to eating out, for many years we stuck to a very rigid routine. Carter knew where he wanted to go, he knew where he wanted to eat, and if it didn’t make him upset we were all about it. Again though, when you have a child that had a massive brain tumor and has autism, it takes a long time for the parents to stop being cautious, and allowing their child to do whatever they want because they “have been through so much already”

Restaurants With Extra Activities

There are a few out there that Carter loves to go to because of the extra little things they offer. Carters all time favorite, well Buffalo Wild Wings of course. He loves the “chicken and fries”, and the tablets that have for the kiddos. If he had the choice, we would go to BWW every single time we wanted to eat out, and eat the same meal there every single time.

Others include Chili’s because of the new game tablet per table

The Cinema Cafe because not only do you get a great meal, you get a great movie

Chuck E. Cheese because of the, well…. you know why!

Food Choices

For a while there, we thought Carter was going to turn into a chicken finger with a french fry. That is the only thing he would eat. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, BWW, every single one he would have chicken nuggets or strips with fries. Until one day he didn’t.

Out of no where, he asked for chicken legs as he called them, but chicken wings for the rest of us. Crazy, I know. Then it went to cheese burgers, and we didn’t know what was going on. We even went to a steak house the other day and he wanted a chicken salad! The moral, don’t get overly concerned with the present, as things work themselves out with time.

New Things

While Carter was on his kick with repeating the same restaurants over and over, getting him to new places was very challenging. You would have to pull up the menu on your phone and show him it had chicken and fries. “I don’t want to go to a new eating store” he would say. There was also a time where he would want to play on the cell phone the entire time, and at one point we were letting him. Breaking him of that habit was very tough, and we are very careful not to start back at it.

Now, he enjoys new things, and he understands that we will go back to certain stores even if we are not eating there today. He enjoys different foods at different places, but still sticks to his regular meals at each place. For instance he doesn’t care to eat a pizza, or burger, or chicken, but he wants to go to a particular place to eat that food.

Conclusion

Carter man has his quirks, but those don’t make him not enjoyable to be around. It took us a little work to show him how different things can be fun for him, but in the long run this made life for everyone much easier. There is no reason to get caught up in the moment, and not enjoy life as much as you can. Instead, communicate with your child, and let them know how fun things can be. Stay on the positive side, and don;t let the negative run your life.

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Help! What Are We To Do When You Get Some Alone Time?

Our children have been at their grandparents house all week, over 9 hours away. It has been a love hate relationship, as we could always use a few days of no noise and chaos, while on the the other hand we miss every moment of it.

Being a military family that tends to move every three years to a new and exciting location, you do not get to spend as much time as you like with family. Instead, you spend even more time with your immediate family. Kelli, the kid and I spend a great deal of time together, as there is no where else for them to go. Not to mention Carter is also home schooled and has had a difficult time with social skills.

However, when that break does come, the stars never align to make you feel good about it. We worry about the kids, miss the chaos, and just count down the days until they return. There are the movies, going out to eat, and checking out a few museums, but still not chaotic like we are used too.

We just wanted to check in with everyone, and let you know why we haven’t wrote in a few days. What we could use is some help. Below in the comments, or on our Facebook page @tumor2autism, give us some ideas on how to spend the rest of our week with no children.

Ideas, tips, tricks, whatever you can share to give us, and our readers, some ideas on how to enjoy yourself when you have no kids when you are used to having them for the last decade.

Episode 2: A Veteran’s View

Read Episode 1 Episode 1: Through A Veteran’s View….5 Minutes of War

5 Minutes of Survival

The alarm is so annoying, I would love to sleep in just one day! I mean 4 months into this, waking up every single morning, just to submit one report by 6:30 is a pain in the ass. It is what it is.

After walking into the office and sending the report, I am going to get some of that coffee, finally someone sent us some Starbucks coffee. It sucks being deployed and not even getting any coffee. When you do get some though, man is it great. Just a few seconds of home, great feeling.

As I am walking into the main control room to the coffee pot, I hear an explosion.

“Damn, the mortars are not supposed to start until 8”

As I pour the coffee, I someone says that it landed pretty short. I turn around and look on the screen, trying to see what they are talking about. There is a cloud of dust slowly disappearing right in front of post 3.

“Call the mortars, tell them they had a short round. Hurry, before they start laying more down”!

As I look up, and see one of the guys from mortars standing in the room with us, and hear 2 more explosions. Something isn’t right, the sound doesn’t fit with my memory. I mean, it has been years since my last enemy mortar attack, but something is vaguely familiar, in an instant.

“INCOMING, GET TO THE BUNKERS NOW! HIT THE ALARM”!

As I run outside to start yelling, I hear the siren going off, with more explosions. They are coming from all directions. No rhyme or reason, just sporadic and everywhere. I start to run from tent to tent, worrying about the day sleepers and those that may still be unsure about what is happening.

“Get to the bunkers, now”

I grab two people and throw them towards the bunkers, people running everywhere. Another person jumps in and helps directing people. We run from tent to tent slamming open the doors and yelling at people to get out. If they stay in the tents, there is nothing to protect them.

More explosions, coming down like rain drops. Some are farther away, some are close. All I can think about is someone getting hurt. Then it stops!

As I run back into the command center, there is destruction on the camera. An entire tent gone, hopefully empty and nothing but gear. Accountability, begins. Eventually we are missing a name, so time to search.

After 20 minutes, he is found. He is in the bunker by the showers, finding the nearest shelter when the attack begins. No wounded, everyone is accounted for. Just another day, time to clean up. I can only think about one thing…

Time for more coffee!


Sharing is great, understanding is better. Allowing others to hear your point of view, and what goes on in your head can be helpful. I mean who thinks about a cup of coffee at a time like this. Well, we do. Those that have been through this time and time again, and understand that there is nothing you can do, and if it’s your time, then it’s your time. Those that have lived the nightmares, and seen things that make the movies look like a cartoon show. Those that have done more sweating than most, shed more bled that sweat, and cried more tears than bled. The select few, the ones that remember, the ones that will never forget, and the ones that will always be thankful for that sweet cup of coffee.

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How To Help A Child With Autism Calm Down

Now before too many people click on this article just to post their comments about how you shouldn’t calm down a child during a meltdown, or one doesn’t need interference in a normal outburst, I merely point out that the title refers to helping a child calm down, and not injure themselves.

A little background for this post tonight, well, today of course. Carter has had a bout of great days, maybe some aggravation here and there, but mostly really good. However, today of days was the perfect storm.

Carter has been getting headaches for a few months now, and as you can imagine it causes tremendous anxiety for us parents when a child with a history of a brain tumor starts having headaches. We have been to the pediatric neurologists, and have been following a plan that has made it much better for him, and reduced the headaches drastically, but today we started a change by reducing a little bit of screen time he gets throughout the day. The storm begins!

Well wouldn’t you know it, right when Carter got his time for TV and games, the power went out on base housing. For hours, and you all can imagine what this resulted in. Slinky from Toy Story went flying at the television in the living room, he threw the remote and broke it from his room, and screamed and screamed and screamed.

Of course you feel bad for the fella, he waited patiently throughout the day for his screen time, and he just didn’t understand why the power wouldn’t stay on for his turn. At the same time, we want to try and explain to him about expressing his feeling in a different way, at least other than turning toys and remote into throwing weapons.

So this gets us into the second part of the article, and some things we have learned throughout Carter’s life that helps him calm down during a tantrum.

(1) Distraction, as much as we can without making him more irritated that he already is. If I can get him to laugh, or interested in something else, he usually begins to calm down. He can still be screaming, but you can actually see the wheels moving in his head when you distract him with something else.

(2) Remove any dangerous objects within reach. Do you care about your TV and valuables, of course. This is mostly for the child though, as their safety is the most important thing.

(3) Noise cancelling headphones are great, and help out with sensory overload. Sometimes, there is just too much going on around Carter, and he needs to get in his own world. These also help when going to shows, games, and movies.

(4) Stay calm, and don’t add to the overload. Instead of thinking your child is being bad, think about them having an overload of senses and doesn’t understand what to do. I have experienced a similar experience when going through tough times on deployment, sometimes you just don’t know what to do, but cry.

(5) Always explain why your doing certain things. Even if your not getting a response or acknowledgment, always explain. As I am writing this article, Carter came out of his room from bedtime, walked up to Kelli and I, and said he was sorry for throwing the dog. This is five hours after everything is done and over with. We explained why what he did was wrong, hours later he went to bed, and just came out and said sorry. The minute you forget how intelligent your child is, is the minute you lost who your child really is.

These things have helped us drastically with Carter and our attempts at calming him down. We try very hard to ensure he doesn’t harm himself, and that he doesn’t make habits of screaming. There are many other things that can be added to the list, this is just ours and the little things we do to help him along the way.

Please comment below with your two cents. I really want the readers to get multiple perspectives. You don’t agree with what I put, let’s talk about it. I would love to hear your point of view. Healthy debate only makes us smarter, so let’s get it.

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Can a Child With Autism Really Have Real Friendships

One of the questions that kept us awake at night was Can a Child With Autism Really Have Real Friendships? This was something we could not, and would not know the real truth too, and it scared us. We always were concerned about social skills, and if he would be able to have a real job, or live a married social life. However the real concern was friendship. It will be a challenge, and we will continue to help him as much as possible to grow, but always a concern.

What we really want to discuss tonight though, is real intimate friendships. The best friend, the one they look forward to seeing, the person they tell their secrets too. We also would like this person to be the same age as Carter, as he enjoys being around adults instead of children. Well, today was something that made us see that this is a possible scenario, and how sad it makes us when you really think about it.

For those that follow our life story, you know that Carter is now home schooled, due to problems in school while I was deployed to Somalia. Carter mentioned his friends a few times while being home, and we didn’t think anything about it. We assumed he wanted to get out of the house and going to school was the easiest solution. However, today proved otherwise, and how wrong we were.

Kinley had an end of year party for her class at school today, and Kelli decided that Carter should be able to go. You see that since 75% of his time for school this year was at this school he earned that party just as much as the other children.

So what is the feedback on the home front!!! Carter was super excited to see his good friend Michael, and had a great time catching up with him. YESSSSS!!!!

This was so exciting, and makes one think about the stereotypes spread about Autism. So can these children make friends, I say absolutely. There is no doubt about it. They will flourish even if you think they can’t. They enhance, adapt, and use their intelligence to connect on different levels than you can ever imagine.

Some of the skills that are important to know when making friendships:

  • • Knowing how to enter into other children’s activities
  • • Knowing how to welcome other children into one’s own games or activities
  • • Recognizing when and how to help others, and seeking help from others
  • • Providing compliments at the right times and knowing how to respond to compliments
  • • Knowing the right time and way to offer criticism
  • • Being able to accept and handle criticism from others
  • • Incorporating the ideas and suggestions of others into an activity
  • • Give and take in conversation and activities
  • • Managing disagreement with compromise instead of aggression or emotional outbursts
  • • Recognizing and understanding the opinions of others
  • • Understanding facial expressions and body language
  • • Empathizing with others in both positive and negative situations
  • • The appropriate behavior and comments to maintain solitude or end the interaction.

One of the ways that has been shown and discussed to us is the use of social stories. An effective tool that assist in the learning of such skills with the use of visual stories that show these children how it should play out in real life. Using sentences and structure to develop these stories is the key, and repetition is helpful. Make it fun, and gather ideas from places like Pinterest. You can get some many free templates, it is super easy to do.

We are so excited that Carter had a heartfelt and warm interaction with a friend today, and one small weight is lifted off of our shoulders today. Even when you stay awake with anxiety, days like today make all of those night worth every second.

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PTSD Awareness Magnets Campaign

Traumatic events—such as an accident, assault, military combat or natural disaster—can have lasting effects on a person’s mental health. While many people will have short term responses to life-threatening events, some will develop longer term symptoms that can lead to a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

PTSD is diagnosed after a person experiences symptoms for at least one month following a traumatic event. However symptoms may not appear until several months or even years later. The disorder is characterized by three main types of symptoms:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollections of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares.
  • Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.
  • Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angered.

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The problem at hand, is a few aspects. One, there are those that do not want to pursue help, and feel as though they are weak by doing so. This is a pressure we must break, and tell those feeling this way that by no means is this true. Second, when it really hits home, and veterans are feeling this way, they do not know where to go at that very moment. We want to help break that barrier, and assist if possible.

In addition to running this website, we also have a Facebook page called Gyrenes.

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Mission: To share ideas, collaborate in campaigns, and spread awareness for wounded and homeless vets

Through different venues, I have attempted to establish a foundation to support and assist. I have an online shop www.etsy.com/shop/gyrenes that sells veteran themed products, with portions of every sale being used for assisting veterans in need. Then we have this page, to collaborate, plan, and implement resources available.

Everyone is welcome to join the group on Facebook, as anyone can help veterans in need. Homeless or wounded, all can use a helping hand.

We currently have a campaign going on attempting to raise $320 so we can orders PTSD Awareness Magnets that can be spread around different locations nationally. The magnet can be seen below.

By creating these magnets, and sending them out to group members about the nation, we can put them on buses, cars, break rooms, corporate offices, homeless shelters, anywhere we can get our hands on. You see, this is just the beginning. We have so many to help, with nothing but ideas to get us along the way. When in doubt, try it out. If you don’t you will never succeed.

Want to participate in this campaign. Click on the following link to go to our gofundme page to get us one step closer to our goal of spreading awareness for those suffering from PTSD.

PTSD Awareness Magnets Campaign

The Disturbing Truth About Autism

So I inserted the blog banner to ensure those on their cell phones can still see it when they read this blog.

Let’s ask a quick question. When you think of a child with autism, which one in the photo do you see? Don’t feel bad, don’t feel judged, just be honest. Know one will know, unless you say it out loud.

Just think about it, when your walking through the grocery store, and you see a child throwing the massive tantrum down the aisle, is it enough to make you turn around a go down another? Or your at the restaurant and there is a child crying at the table and throwing their plate. Or even at school. Everyone is staring and the mother or father apologizes and says those famous words, “We’re sorry, he/she has autism”

Because you see, I have seen this so many times, it’s just a normal experience now. I mean, for goodness sake I have been on the other end. We try very hard not to walk around saying sorry, Carter has autism. For us, as long as he isn’t hurting anyone, we are not going to apologize for his humming, or stemming, or for what other see as weird. Unless he is breaking personal space, he is content and we let him be that way. Not to mention, Carter has a pretty massive scar down the back of his head, so people usually don’t say anything and do the quick sidestep when they are walking near him.

Scar From Brain Surgery

For instance, this morning Carter wanted to go to the store with me when I went to grab a coffee. He asked to go, and I never say no. Carter never wanted to go anywhere with me before my last deployment, and since I have been home he asks to go and I always enjoy his company. The kid can sing pretty good, and I can listen to him for hours in the car. Not to mention the father son time is something I always cherish, especially since I do not get much of it.

Well, at the Base store this morning, we were waiting in line to buy our drinks, when an older gentlemen came in. Carter wasn’t more than an arm length from me, and was walking in circles humming and playing with his hands. There was a lot of Marines rushing around trying to get their stuff before training, and he was a little nervous. As the man tried to walk past him, Carter made his turn and accidentally walked in front of him. Well the man looked at me right away with this evil look on his face, you know, the one that says “You gonna grab your kid”. When I just smiled at him, he looked back at Carter and seen his scar, and started apologizing to me, like he did something wrong. My response, “Sir, there is no reason to be sorry, we are just buying some drinks and enjoying our morning”.

You see, there is no need to be mad, hateful, or rude. Everyone is just trying to go about there way, and live life. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I get upset and lose my temper. Recently, Carter was getting his military ID card since he turned 10. The lady was trying to get his picture for the card, and we were working with Carter to get him to not be so fidgety. Well, she finally said, “Kid, what is wrong with you”? This statement set me off and I made a few responses to her that made her immediately regret what she said and apologize a million times. There is nothing wrong with theses children, they are just trying to get by themselves, like everyone else.

So again, look at the picture, and what do you see? If you see the child on the left, no one blames you. That is what a ton of people see. Crap, that is what I saw 15 years ago. The point of this article, when you see that kid on the left, try to think about the one on the right. Instead of skipping the aisle in the grocery store, go down that one and give a quick hello and a wave. You might be surprised what you get back!

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Top 50 Autism Blogs To Follow in 2019 (Feedspot)

So exciting news to share today! Upon waking up and getting ready to celebrate Kelli’s birthday today, we had an email stating that our website made the Top 50 Autism Blogs on Feedspot! Such an honor to be listed among some of the greats that are on this list.

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The following is the list from number 1 to 50. I just want to say, it makes us feel so welcome to the community with something like this. Of course we understand that this Top 50 list is just from the perspective of this one company, and by no means state that we are at the top of the game within the world here, but it is just nice to be on something working on our third month. Some of the websites on this list we communicate with regularly, and there are others that we love and talk to all the time that are not on the list. Does this mean that they are not great, absolutely not. This only says that they did not submit there blog to the company for the contest. I want it to be known that this list isn’t the make it or break it of autism blogs in the world, but it still feels good.

The List

  • 2.1The Autism Site Blog
  • 2.2Autism Parenting Magazine
  • 2.3AGE OF AUTISM
  • 2.4Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
  • 2.5The Art of Autism
  • 2.6Autism Resources and Community (ARC) | Stages Learning
  • 2.7Autism Eye Magazine
  • 2.8Autism | Reddit
  • 2.9The Autism Blog – Seattle Children’s
  • 2.10The Autism Dad
  • 2.11Positively Autism – Blog
  • 2.12A diary of a mom
  • 2.13Autism Daddy
  • 2.14Autism Society
  • 2.15Thrive With AspergersThrive With Aspergers
  • 2.16Autistic Hoya
  • 2.17willmrcd194 | Andrew W. Merced
  • 2.18Madison House Autism Foundation
  • 2.19Best Practice Autism
  • 2.20Aspified | a blog by an autistic woman
  • 2.21Autisable
  • 2.22Atypical Familia
  • 2.23That Autism Feel
  • 2.24Squidalicious
  • 2.25Embracing the Spectrum
  • 2.26Cultivate Blog | Learn & Grow With Us!
  • 2.27Autism in Our Nest
  • 2.28Stimeyland â�� Get your quirk on.
  • 2.29Autism Speaks Official Blog
  • 2.30Not Weird, Just Autistic
  • 2.31Go Team Kate – Blog
  • 2.32Her Autism
  • 2.33Autism Journey
  • 2.34The Autistic Me
  • 2.35Faith, Hope, and Love…With Autism
  • 2.36Susan’s Blog
  • 2.37Autism Mom
  • 2.38Autism Mom Blog – Autism Learning Felt
  • 2.39ChevsLife | Blog about Aspergers Kid
  • 2.40Autism with a side of fries
  • 2.41From Tumor 2 Autism Blog
  • 2.42Growing Autism
  • 2.43The Ringmasters Tale
  • 2.44Embrace ASD
  • 2.45Finding My Kid
  • 2.46Joseph and his Amazing Spectrum Coat
  • 2.47Behavior in Balance
  • 2.48No Matter the Topic, it’s All About Boog
  • 2.49One Autism Mom’s Notes
  • 2.50Raising My Little Superheroes

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