Autism Watch: 2007

About My Life on the Parenting Spectrum

I’m just a working mom of four, focusing daily on autism awareness and acceptance towards those who face the challenges and differences that autism brings. My son has always been attached to me — mostly it’s just who he is, but attachment parenting helped — so we called him Barnacle Boy from very early on. It’s become my favorite nickname for this adorable, smart little boy who is teaching me so much about life. My Barnacle Boy is a blessing from God, the perfect Christmas gift (due at Christmas 2000) and autism has, without a choice but without a second thought, focused me on helping make the world aware of these special people, stopping the judgmental attitudes from others towards those with disabilities, helping others through their autism diagnosis and journey, learning how to involve myself and have opinions on the politics of autism, but most importantly, helping my child function happily in life, even if his version of happiness is different from what I expected. And in case you are wondering about the name of my blog, I’m a non-native, Nascar-loving Californian, temporarily living in a small Southern town, who gets a kick out of the “Storm Watch: <insert year>” that every news broadcast used in Cali when we were expecting more than a few drops of rain. Sarcasm gets me through the day…..along with a lot of laughter.

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8 Responses to "About My Life on the Parenting Spectrum"

If you want to stop judgemental attitudes towards autistics, then there are better alternatives than sites like TACA……. talking about curing autism, to an autistic person, comes across as anything BUT non-judgemental. I’m just telling you how I see it, as an autistic person. And I am most certainly not alone in that thinking.

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Just found your blog and have been reading through many of your posts—I’m a single mom of 3 teens with Tourette/ADHD/OCD. I worked as a PT in special ed for over 20 yrs and now am in full-time ministry. Kids and families of kids with special needs are so close to my heart as I develop programming and begin to connect with other churches. Your posts are great–honest, real, transparent and “matter of fact”—thank you for sharing.

Great blog.

I clicked on your link from your avatar after the comment you left the other day over at my site.
I cannot begin to understand anything about autism simply because it is not something I have to deal with in my life.
I can say however, your writing gives me an idea of it and a glimpse into something so foreign to my family.
I look at blogs like this as an education if you would. Helping me learn what God is doing through others in unusual ways.
Thanks for sharing your stories even with those of us who don’t truly understand.
BB sounds like an amazing gift.

Thank you. I’ve been feeling very alone in my dealings w/ my asperger’s child. I love your down-to-earth writing and can SOOOO relate!

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I am glad it has lead me to yours. Already I see lots of similarities in our stories and I am anxious to read more.

I clicked on your link from your avatar after the comment you left the other day over at my site.I cannot begin to understand anything about autism simply because it is not something I have to deal with in my life.I can say however, your writing gives me an idea of it and a glimpse into something so foreign to my family.I look at blogs like this as an education if you would. Helping me learn what God is doing through others in unusual ways.Thanks for sharing your stories even with those of us who don’t truly understand.BB sounds like an amazing gift.
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