Tagged with self-esteem

i love being my own autistic self

~ * So I’ve had a bit of a problem. You see, my friend, Landon Bryce, the author of ThAutcast and its wildly popular accompanying Facebook page, wrote a little book. I call it ‘little’ only because it’s short – and a very quick read. But believe me when I tell you, that it’s actually … Continue reading

center stage

The sky is spitting rain. Afraid to be late on the second day of school, we show up far too early. A man who Brooke doesn’t recognize is standing at the door. She eyes him warily. “Is he a fire fighter?” she asks. “I don’t think so, Brooke,” I answer. “He doesn’t look like a … Continue reading

rallying cry

~ ~ I have found that this need not be – can not be – an all or none proposition for me or my daughter. That there are indeed parts of autism that can be celebrated. That there are challenges that can be reframed over time – that may well manifest themselves as gifts in … Continue reading


~ My girl will undoubtedly face ignorance as she steps further into the world. When she does, I want her armed with an impenetrable wall of self-esteem. Of belief that just as there are serious challenges in her autism, there are also gifts – her incredible memory, her uncanny ability to repeat what she’s heard … Continue reading

perfect perspective

– I snuck into Brooke’s room tonight when we got home from the Autism Speaks event. It was long after her bedtime so I was shocked to find her lying in bed wide awake. I told her I’d spent the evening with a whole bunch of moms and dads who also had kids with autism … Continue reading

look out for the crims

* I lean against the pool wall, taking in the scenery while I watch Brooke’s long, lean body move dolphin-like through the water. Since discovering the complete lack of sound under water, she doesn’t come up to the surface much these days. It’s 90 degrees, which in Mid-August New England has the added benefit of … Continue reading