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. 
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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. 
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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.

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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!
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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!
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To the Parent of A Newly Autism Diagnosed Child

When we got concern at the 18 month wellness check for speech delay, it was a shock. Jackson had always been a chill kid with no signs of any negatives so to be told that he was ‘severely behind’ at a standard wellness check shook me to my core. When we received his Autism diagnosis 4 months later, it was incredibly overwhelming but also very calming. My husband & I had discussed this possibility to the ends of the Earth so to receive the diagnosis answered more questions than bringing more on.
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Why We Decided to Have More Kids After A Special Needs Diagnosis

A while ago, I shared something someone else originally posted on their Twitter account. It rang so incredibly true & applied to many questions I’ve received as a Special Needs parent that I HAD to reshare it. Here it is below:
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Different, Not Less

ONCE YOU ACCEPT THAT
YOUR CHILD WILL BE DIFFERENT,
NOT MORE OR LESS, JUST DIFFERENT,
THAT’S THE FIRST STEP.

WE RECEIVED A DIAGNOSIS OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER [ASD] FOR JACKSON ON FRIDAY. 

JESSICA LIPSCOMB