There is no shortage of information for parents of kids with autism spectrum disorders. The problem can be too much information. That's where Autism Bulletin comes in.
Autism Bulletin sifts through the avalanche to post meaningful news, information and resources to empower parents and families raising, educating and nurturing kids on the autism spectrum. Information about services, interesting events, items in the news.
Updates about legislation and important research. Items that help parents communicate about their kids with relatives, friends. Strategies for working with educators. Ideas for helping siblings. And reminders for parents to take time to care for themselves every now and then.
Parenting a child with autism is a demanding role, but it doesn't have to be a lonely one, as I was reminded tonight at an event at The New England Center for Children, a school in Massachusetts for children and adults with autism. There is information and resources and people out there to help if we know where to look. It also helps if we find the energy to advocate for expanding these resources for this growing autism population.
One last thing about Autism Bulletin: the assumption here is that parenting autism spectrum kids doesn't have to be a constant struggle. There are tough times, no doubt. They happen a lot, especially at the beginning. But there are good times, too. As Susan Senator, the author of "Making Peace With Autism," has written: "Throw away expectation and you may be pleasantly surprised."
So read on. Post a comment, e-mail me with a suggestion and tell me what you think.