Harriet’s Hedgehogs and Autism Advocacy

Autism, hedgehogs, dogs, long distance running — they all go together in my world.  I am the mother of two teens: one who is on the spectrum, my son, and one who is neuro-typical, my daughter.  Autism has been part of our lives since my son was diagnosed in 2004, when he was two years old.  When he was diagnosed, I was not given any real help or suggestions.  What I needed was a guide book, or a road map, a “where do I go from here” sort of thing.  This is what I am intending this page to be.  I am a mom, a special ed teacher, and a fierce autism advocate.  I am not a doctor or a therapist.  I cannot diagnose.  What I can do, hopefully, is provide you with a road map of what to do in those early days when your son or daughter is first diagnosed.

How can I help you?  When my son was diagnosed in 2004, I felt very alone.  Autism resources were much harder to come by.  Though our lives quickly were filled with teachers, OTs, PTs, SLPs, I felt very isolated.  There did not seem to be any answers to my questions.  Will he get better?  Will he ever speak?  Am I doing enough for him?  How do I get more services?  Should we try ABA, RDI, swimming with dolphins, gluten free, casein free?  Which end is up, anyway?  Gradually, I noticed that the best information I got was from other autism moms.  We met in waiting rooms while our children were in therapy and we swapped ideas.  We were not doctors or professionals in this field; we were just moms in the trenches, trying to make it through the day.  This is what I want this web site to be: a road map for moms.  I want you to know that you are not alone.  If I can, I would like to help you.  My son is now 15, and I have been on this strange yet wonderful journey for a long time.  I can help you troubleshoot, bounce ideas around, look over IEPs, and advocate for your child (and you) at contentious IEP meetings.  If you feel that I can help you, please reach out to me.  I am always willing to listen.  My consulting fees are reasonable and I believe you will feel that I am a good investment for your child.  The autism path can be scary and daunting at times.  Let me walk this path with you.

Author: snort262

I am a wife, mom, long distance runner and fierce autism advocate. My background is in education. Currently, I am a nanny, a tutor, and an autism consultant.

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