- Should I even start this journey? (Yes)
- At what point do we stop broadcasting our own story in hopes of helping others? (Depends)
- How do you tell your kid what's going on with them? (Currently working on this ourselves...)
- What do other people think of my kid? (More kindly than you might think in most cases.)
- What about church?..read on...
1) Erik Linthorst is our first contribution from Hopeful Parents. You may have heard his story through the film "Autistic-Like: Graham's Story" that he made about his son, their journey from a diagnosis of ASD to SPD, and the treatments they used to help their son. He has made a follow up film which will air on PBS in April. In this post he talks about his decision to make this the last film for the sake of his son's privacy.
2) Tammy at Praying for Parker writes, as one who should know, to the heart of the mother who has been told that the baby she is carrying has Down Syndrome. Tammy wants them to know that their child has a life worth living ahead of them. She says it better than I can, but I believe she is right on.
3) Carrie Wilson Link from Hopeful Parents shares about how the movie about Temple Grandin helped open the conversation with her son about his autism.
4) Spectrummy Mummy also at Hopeful Parents tells the tale of taking her daughter to an optometrist and becoming nervous about her daughter's behavior, worried about what the doctor might think, only to discover that he thought her daughter was amazing...how we twist ourselves in knots sometimes for no good reason.
5) Julie Holmquist (yes Hopeful Parents again) shares her family's experience bringing their son to church. It is stories like this one that made me want to start this blog. The Church needs to get on board and understand the special needs of children with physical, emotional, and neurological differences and their parents. Church should be a place of acceptance, love, respite, and encouragement, not exclusion.