The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.
~Laurence Leamer, King of the Night
And you all spoke up. And asked how you could help. And while I hadn’t realized that the post had read as a cry for help, once I read your comments, I went back and re-read my post and I then I couldn’t really deny that I obviously needed help, which I wrote about HERE.
And then, because you are all sorts of brilliant, you came up with the idea of creating a place to help one another — A place where those with questions could ask them and those with wisdom could share it.
And then, because I am just smart enough to recognize a really good idea, I said, “Um, that’s a really good idea.”
So here’s how this works, my friends — If you have a question, you leave it for other readers in the comments. If you have ideas or suggestions that can help, you leave them in a comment replying directly to the person asking the question.
I will not be officially moderating the comments on this page, so …
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COMMENTS ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY REFLECTIVE OF MY VIEWS, AND ARE NEVER, EVER TO BE TAKEN AS GOSPEL. INSTEAD, THE THOUGHTS THAT YOU FIND HERE ARE INTENDED TO PROVIDE A STARTING POINT.
ALL OF US ARE DIFFERENT. ALL PEOPLE WITH AUTISM ARE DIFFERENT. NO TWO PEOPLE WILL RESPOND THE SAME WAY TO THE SAME THERAPY, TREATMENT, MEDICATION, ENVIRONMENT, INTERVENTION OR STRATEGY.
I URGE YOU TO THOROUGHLY RESEARCH ANYTHING YOU READ ABOUT HERE AND TO CONSULT WITH PROFESSIONALS TO DETERMINE APPROPRIATENESS BEFORE BEGINNING ANYTHING NEW.
Now, just because I won’t necessarily be a part of the conversation here, my absence does NOT mean that Diary’s Comment Policy will not be in effect on this page. It will be, just as it is everywhere else on the blog. It reads as follows.
My greatest hope is that the discourse on this blog and its accompanying Facebook page can serve as examples of environments in which compassion, understanding and mutual respect are paramount.
That said, I publish nearly all comments, but there are rare exceptions.
I have long been frustrated and deeply saddened by the chasms in the autism community. I will not allow diary’s comment section to become a megaphone for the anger that serves to keep us divided.
I will not abide personal attacks, either on me or my readers. While I actively welcome constructive disagreement and respectful discourse, this is not a forum for unproductive anger, particularly that which is directed at one another.
While I am happy to respect anonymity, please note that I also do not publish comments without a name (or consistent pseudonym) and a valid e-mail address.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you – not just for sharing in our family’s journey, but for joining the conversation. And in so doing, respecting each other, supporting one another, and finding ways to bridge the space between us.
BOTTOM LINE, THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT PAGE IS A JUDGEMENT-FREE ZONE. IF YOU DISAGREE, PLEASE DO SO CIVILLY AND REMEMBER THAT WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT PATHS AND DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. FEEL FREE TO OFFER YOURS WITH RESPECT AND COURTESY FOR OTHERS.
Lastly, I reserve the right to remove any and all comments that do not comply with the policy above or for any other reason at any time.
Thank you so much for supporting each another. It’s everything.
Ed Note: It seems that WordPress limits the number of replies to a comment. If you find yourself unable to reply directly to someone’s question, please reply instead to the last person who replied to the same question. That way your response will still show up in that thread. Thank you!