autism

Underestimating Autism - Emily's Puzzle - Every time I start thinking we have this autism thing figured out, I get snapped back to reality quickly. www.emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

Underestimating Autism

As we were discharged from the hospital with our very sick little boy I couldn’t get the words, underestimating autism out of my head.  They just kept popping up amidst the fog that had entered my brain since we took our son to the ER the day before. Seeing my child in pain, putting him through painful tests without any preparation and not knowing how much he understood was heartbreaking. 
Parenting Paydays - emilyspuzzle.com - Sacrifices and rewards of parenting.
Parenting

Parenting Paydays

Let’s face it.  Parenting is hard.  H.A.R.D.  In the beginning, especially the first couple of months it is ALL work and very little reward.  Yes you have this beautiful child, this life that you created.  Your child is a miracle.  Your child is beautiful.  Your child is a screaming, needy, milk guzzling, bundle of poo that doesn’t care if you are tired, hungry, sad or happy.  His wants and needs come first...period.  Without as much as a word of thanks, or even a sly wink or head nod to acknowledge that he recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices you are making for him.
1 - And Then There Were Two - Emily's Puzzle - Autism in brothers, autism diagnosis, family, and acceptance.
Autism

And Then There Were Two

"So that’s that.” I thought as I hung up the phone with the doctor. She had just informed me that my “neurotypical” child, my youngest son, Eli was also on the spectrum.  His older brother, Owen was diagnosed with autism shortly after Eli was born.  This shouldn’t have come as a big surprise because I know the large part genetics plays in autism and I’ve been watching Eli for red flags since birth.  He first began showing signs of autism at  four months old. However, as his language took off, along with his ability to follow one and two step directions and engage socially with his peers, I dared to believe that he was neurotypical. Even then, my thoughts constantly bounced between “Is he?” and “Isn’t he?”  Still, hearing the words out loud came as a surprise and they stung a little.
To Share or Not to Share - There's no shame in autism, honesty, open-mindedness and integrity.
Autism

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
Autism

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
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.
Autism

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
Autism

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
Autism

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?”