Helping ourselves

Life with autism isn’t easy…in fact, the littlest things that we tend to take for granted become harder and harder. Doesn’t mean we don’t love our kids, doesn’t mean we think of them as burdens or anything less wonderful to what they are. They are our kids. But, situations can be hard- situations that most would think are mundane, easy. Haircuts, trips to the store, eating out at restaurants, road trips. Maybe not the easiest with typical kids, but situations that they can handle. Transition to different schools, sharing with siblings, personal hygiene, puberty…uh oh, getting a lot harder to explain. Stranger danger, loneliness, bullying, stress….as a parent, I am sometimes at a complete loss on the extent of trying to explain things to my kids.

That is why we started Ella’s Hope and Autism Support Now in the beginning. To learn about what we could do to help our kids and help ourselves through this journey that we all call autism. We want to bring resources to parents and caregivers, whether we design the tip or find the resource or video on the internet, we are looking for you and learning how to help ourselves in the process.

It’s no secret that autism is a spectrum disorder and my children are the yen and the yang of that spectrum. One that is “high-functioning, verbal, included in the typical school system. ” The other, just now finding a voice at 5, needing assistance and in a special education kindergarten class. My husband and I are the first to admit we have no idea what we are doing, but we try and help ourselves. Our children are wonderful blessings and we are going to do all we can to help them learn and thrive as they grow. And bring that information to you. We have found that depending on agencies and districts to serve us can be a frustrating long uphill battle and while we fight that battle, we have to help ourselves.

On www.autismsupportnow.com, we have brought you many tutorial videos to help with those mundane, easy things most take for granted. In future blogs, there will be reviews of a apps used for both educational and ACC reasons. We will be reviewing three books recently written on autism, and providing a resource directory or area supports and as well as national supports.

We would love to hear from you. What would you like to see? Got a resource to share, let us know! Have something to donate to another family, let us know! Ideas for training videos, blog posts, or resources, let us know! Comment below or email Hope at [email protected]

Life with autism can be hard, but with a little help and hope, we can help ourselves.

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Autism Support Now is a Parent advisory blog and media site presented by "Ella's Hope for Autism" a 501c3 public charity in Missouri. This site is built for parents dealing with Autism . . . by parents dealing with Autism. Hope and Sam McPheeters (founders of Ella's Hope) have two children on the spectrum, and strive to provide continued advice for other parents, who are dealing with the same issues..