Parenting Through Autism: How Our Styles Have Changed

When it comes to making or breaking relationships, I always say parenting & decorating a house will test it. Just my opinion but they feel so accurate to me. Mine & Matt’s relationship has been tested in more ways than one: a major one being Jackson’s diagnosis. As a couple, you can only plan for so many things to test you & we thought Matt being in the Military was going to be one of our biggest hurdles. 
July 26, 2021 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB

9 Things You Should Never Say to an Autism Parent

When you join the “Special Needs Parent'“ club, things that you never considered normal become an everyday occurrence. Routines are longer & more intricate. However, even the smallest thing like a phrase can trigger a parent like you wouldn’t imagine. Now, there are plenty of people that have said every single one of these phrases to me & they’ve been completely harmless. Sometimes people genuinely don’t understand that what they’ve just sad / asked is completely out of line & insensitive. 
July 26, 2021 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB

Why You Should Not Use the Terms “Low Functioning” & “High Functioning” about Autism

Let me begin by saying just because something is used so frequently, doesn’t mean it’s correct. Always question things. If anything, to just bring clarity to yourself.

Diving in, the terms “low & high functioning” are trash.

23 Words to Know When Discussing Autism & Parenting

When we first started this journey over 2 years ago, we were introduced to a library of terms & phrases that were honestly confusing AF & it was a lot to digest! Even now, the terminology is changing so I wanted to create a little cheat sheet of common words & phrases we’ve learned in the process. From the very commonly heard Autism Spectrum Disorder definition to a 504 Plan, I did my best to cover it!

Let’s Talk About the Puzzle Piece & Autism

Besides some terminology in the Autism community, one of the next most controversial topics is the infamous puzzle piece.
Is it good or bad? Is it supportive or insulting?
June 29, 2021 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB

Potty Training with ABA Therapy: Part 2

Alrighty, here we go again! Around this time last year, we attempted potty training Jackson through the ABA company we had recently started with. Unfortunately, the week resulted in it not clicking with Jackson & we honestly think Jackson just didn’t understand the concept. He was young [2 years old], had recently mastered his sitting program but sitting on a toilet for a better part of an hour still sucks, etc. & it was fine!! As intense of a week it was, we agreed that we’d come back around to this next year when he’d have been with the company for another year & was another year older.
August 29, 2019 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB

Vaccinations: They Don't Cause Autism & They Do Save Lives

FIRSTLY, if you’re here at this blog post reading this, you already know my family vaccinates. If you’re here to try to convince me otherwise, you can leave. SECONDLY, this entry will be discussing an extremely controversial topic but it’s not meant to start an argument. If anything, start a discussion & just passing along some additional information.
August 16, 2019 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB

5 Tips on How to Help Neurotypical Kids Embrace Autism

Wrapping your head around Autism as an adult is a challenge in itself. But trying to explain it to kids is a whole different thing. Us, as adults, can conceptualize situations & give the benefit of the doubt - really try to understand. However, kids don’t see it that way. They don’t really understand that someone can be a little different, let alone why. So how can we help?
August 16, 2019 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB

ASD & Food Aversions

Food & Autism seem to go hand-in-hand in conversations. However, in reality, they actually kind of suck. Much like kids with allergies, kids with Autism can’t just eat anything or try new things at random. & much like the spectrum that is Autism, it affects different kids in different ways. We’ve been fortunate enough to not have people attempt to offer advice on how to feed our child because DUH but this is more for those that wish to understand why the aversion exists in the first place & how you can be mindful.
August 13, 2019 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB

How Is Occupational Therapy Beneficial to Kids with Autism

When we first got Jackson evaluated, Occupational Therapy [OT] wasn’t on our radar. Honestly, we didn’t even know what it was. It wasn't until they recommended it to us [because with an ASD diagnosis, it normally comes with a few others - it’s very rarely a single diagnosis] as a delay that we realized it was something he actually needed.
July 26, 2019 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB

ABA Therapy: Pros & Cons

Since going public with Jackson’s diagnosis & our families journey, I’ve collided paths with LOADS of parents on the the beginning of their very similar journey with their kid. One of the most popular questions I get from these parents is “Do you feel ABA therapy is helping your child?” & without hesitation, I say “YES!” because I believe it is. I know it is!

Potty Training with ABA Therapy: Part 1

WHY START NOW?

I know there are a lot of things you’re supposed to look for when it comes to potty training prepping. But because Jackson has Autism, we’re looking for different clues of being ready. With his very limited communication, any indicators must be taken seriously so the fact that he’s showing discomfort & pulling at his diaper when he’s wet is a MASSIVE indicator. He’s letting us know he doesn’t like the feeling so clue #1.

July 05, 2019 — JESSICA LIPSCOMB