Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Autism Awareness Month

As some of you may know, I work with kids on the "Spectrum" (Autism).  As this is my profession, one of my favorite blogs to read is Stark.Raving.Mad.Mommy, a hilarious but realistic blog about her every day adventures dealing with 4 kids and trying to keep track of their ADHD medication, anxiety medication and taking her own "occasional" self-medication via Frodka's (Fresca & Vodka).

A little about Autism... 

Granted I mostly work with the "higher-functioning" kids during the day, I have worked with children with "classic" autism as well. The best way to sum it up is that most children who are not verbal by the age of 5 are diagnosed autistic, while those who are able to verbalize before this are diagnosed asperger's.

However many people can fall in-between these two categories, which is why it is called the "Spectrum".

***Note, this is a very brief summary. To learn more about Autism, go here***

Sometimes I pretend these are my students: 
(I am totally Dr. X from Xavier's School for Gifted Students.)

Autism really is like working with mutants, if you can forgive my analogy. They have so many amazing qualities but are misunderstood and often lack in other areas. I often tell my kids they go to the Awesome School (because they are so awesome!)

While I see these types of kids during the day, they are in a totally different environment when they go home. I really have to appreciate mother's in general, but especially mothers with special needs children, who struggle to find 5 minutes in their day for inner-peace.

I really love Stark.Raving.Mad.Mommy because I find it absolutely charming that she is able to take light in the moments that most of us would consider stressful. (And be so honest about it)

 Plus she has the best "artwork"

Classic SRMM posts

Even though it is Autism Awareness Month, it should really be called Celebrating Parents With Children On The Spectrum!

(Oh, did I mention she also has good giveaways?)

Go spread the love and check out Stark.Raving.Mad.Mommy!


LCR said...

lovely post, it's so important to share information about these things. and you're right Stark's blog is so funny and great.

Cecilia Warner said...

my bestfriends little brother had autism. i loved this post<3

Diana Mieczan said...

I used to work with an autistic child for a few years. Thank you so much for sharing all those informations and have a lovely Friday morning

very married said...

as my husband has gone through med school i've been learning a lot about autism. it's really interesting! i'm headed over to srmm right now.

LCR said...

just wanted to come by again and say thanks for your comment-- have fun at your crawfish boil! can't wait to see pics and hear about it:)

Courtney B said...

I loved this post! I try to learn all that I can because Asperger's runs heavily in my husband's family. He has had grandpa's and uncle's and his little brother diagnosed with it. Our (his) nephew was just diagnosed a couple weeks ago. We have a very real chance of having a child with Asperger's so that is why I'm very into learning about this!
I think it's amazing you work with these children each day!!

Kristin said...

I'm in awe of the parents that are championing this cause for their precious kiddos!

Nikki said...

Great post! I think you're an amazing person to understand and work with kids. Any kids, not even just ones on the spectrum. The difference you're making in these children's lives! So special.

amy said...

Thank you for sharing. Not only with me, but for anyone who graces this blog.

You're a beautiful soul. Blossom x

hope to hear from you*
love amy ^.^

Claire said...

really appreciate you sharing (and working with all these kids). a few of my friends have children with autism and it's tough and they do so much for their kids. i have so much respect for them.

just wanted to tell you i tagged you on my blog. it's just a fun little list. but no pressure. hope you have a fab weekend!

Claire @