The Shadow Children

The Shadow Children What is a “Shadow Child?” Shadow Children are the siblings of children with autism, who live in the shadows of their disabled brothers and sisters. Shadow Children need our attention—even though they may not outwardly be in crisis....

A Valentines Letter To Myself

It’s Valentine’s Day, but hearts and flowers aren’t really on my mind. What’s on my mind is more a sort of love letter to myself. To reassure myself that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing. You see, when I was a little girl, I was...

Pancakes With A Secret

These pancakes are so easy and yummy that I hope EVERYONE tries them! The secret is a special ingredient I’ve added into the mix. (I’ll give you a hint: it’s a green vegetable that does not resemble Brussels sprouts!) So check out the video, give the...

A Blueberry Gift For You!

In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I am offering you all an early valentine, courtesy of the Autism Kitchen™ Archives! Blueberry muffins. Who doesn’t love them? Unfortunately, most of the blueberry muffins available to us and our children...

Rhythm Vs. Balance (And That Big White Thing In My Kitchen!)

As the mother of kids with special needs, I tried to find balance and failed miserably. So I stopped trying for balance and moved on to something that fit my mindset much more comfortably, and that really, really works for me. And when I find stuff that works for me,...

Are You Stressed Out? An Interview With Trudy Scott

Are you stressed out? If you’re a woman, and if you’re a mom, and for sure if you are an Autism Mom—the answer is probably yes! And, if you don’t have much time for self-care—which few of us moms do—you may be experiencing some challenging symptoms....

Respecting My Child = Mommy Self-Care!

I had an amazing experience of self-care today. And it all happened because I chose to respect my son! How did respect for my child translate into mommy self-care? Find out in my latest...

The Most Incredible Moment

Sometimes a single moment changes your entire life. For me, that moment came when my son, Ben, for the first time ever, chose to connect with me. At the time, he was five years old, with an autism diagnosis. That moment was the beginning of a revolution in my life. To...

BONUS: Book Tour Video!

When my book, UNLOCKED: A Family Emerging from the Shadows of Autism (Skyhorse Press 2015), was published, I toured around the United States doing public readings. One reading took place at an elegant home in Washington, D.C., where I shared an excerpt from the book...

My #1 Strategy For Staying The Course

In parenting a child with autism, it’s really easy to beat the sh** out of myself on a regular basis. I spent years doing that, not realizing that I was sapping my energy with negativity, and not seeing how hard I was working, how much love I was giving, and how...