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).
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!