OK, moms. You are reading this, and most likely no one else is reading over your shoulder. Time for a moment of evaluation. When your husband comes home from work–whether it’s in time for dinner, breakfast, or somewhere in between–do you stop to say “hello” and make him feel glad he’s home? How about the time your family spends together–are you surviving or thriving? (No one is listening to your mental answers, don’t worry.) Continue reading
If you missed the explanation of this month’s special feature Been There, Do That, click here.
I asked other autism parents on Twitter and Facebook to fill in the blanks. Each day I’ll share one or two with you.
A Facebook friend said, “You know you’re an autism parent when you know what the acronyms GFCF, ABA, SPD, PDD-NOS, RDI, etc. are!”
This answer came from a Twitter friend. “You know you’re an autism parent when your virtual [online] friends understand you better than your real ones.”
In the following days, I’m going to share with you 30 ways you can bless special needs families, one for each day in April. I hope you stop by each day. They won’t take long to read, and they won’t require much money, if any. I tried to think of things that were easy but immensely helpful.
Usually there are two things that are stretched for special needs families–time and money. Think about this as you seek to encourage these families. I welcome any feedback you have in the form of comments on the posts, as you may have a way to expand our thinking on each idea!
If you try any of these, please let me know! Let’s get started!
The first way you can help a special needs family is to listen. Really listen when your friend talks to you about what things are like for her. There is a good chance there aren’t many people that take the time to hear how she feels about all the doctor’s appointments, the inability to catch up with life at home, or her need to find a way to get money for her daughter’s wheelchair.
A little good listening goes a long way!