Autism

To Share or Not to Share - There's no shame in autism, honesty, open-mindedness and integrity.

To Share or Not To Share

I get it.  Constant posts, pictures and videos on social media from proud parents of their little ones can get a bit annoying.  I’m guilty of it, but I get it.  Let’s face it, new parents have always been known for talking nonstop about their little ones and now there’s actually an online platform for them to brag to hundreds of their online friends.  For those not consumed with baby fever, I completely understand how it could get annoying. 
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder - Emily's Puzzle

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

When my son was first diagnosed with autism I researched and read everything I could find on the subject.  The amount of information available on the internet about autism is staggering and not all of it is accurate.  I thought I would write a post outlining the information that I found most helpful during that time.
Can He Talk - Emily's Puzzle - Communication problems in children with autism

Can He Talk?

After hearing that my child has autism, the two questions I’m most frequently asked are, “Can he talk?” and “Is he high functioning?” When I answer “yes” to either question, their response is usually, “That’s good.”  As if I can breathe a sigh of relief because my child is only moderately disabled.
Watching Eli - Emily's Puzzle - Autism in siblings, brothers.

Watching Eli

Since Eli was four months old I’ve been watching him for signs of autism.  In my frantic search for an answer, a cure for his older brother’s autism, I came across many articles on the genetic likelihood of a child who has a sibling on the spectrum being diagnosed with autism as well.

Take a Deep Breath Mommy - Emily's Puzzle - Feeling overwhelmed parenting a child with special needs? You aren't alone. EmilysPuzzle.com

Take a Deep Breath Mommy

Lord help me, I’m having one of those days today.  The kind of day where I worry if my parenting choices are ruining my children.  The kind of day where I question my sanity for choosing to homeschool them.  What was I thinking?  They drive me nuts!  It’s one of THOSE days today.

Emily's Puzzle - Finding My Voice - Advocacy, Autism, Parenting & Family

Finding My Voice

Advocacy.  What does that mean exactly? It’s when you fight for someone or something, right? In my case it would be for my son with autism.  A common theme among the autism community is the importance of advocating for your child.  I remember thinking, “Advocate for what?”

Accepting Autism - Emily's Puzzle - A mother's emotional journey upon receiving her sons autism diagnosis from grief to acceptance. www.emilyspuzzle.com

Accepting Autism

I never want Owen to feel that his autism is something that needs to be hidden. I wasted a lot of time and energy trying to fix him or disguise his disability because of my inability to accept his diagnosis. Acceptance helped me let go of my expectations of what our life should be and embrace what are lives are really like today.