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Welcome to A Millennial's Guide to Special Needs Parenting, my very own passion project filled with unedited truths of raising a special needs child in a modern world. 

I’m a mother to a child diagnosed nonverbal autistic and a rare chromosome disorder 🖤 I have studied Genetics at Harvard Medical School, received my Master’s Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Bachelor’s in Psychology. Follow my journey at @ericaaklivingston on Instagram. 

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I’m still here!

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted lately. My mental health has not been good. However, I’m working on it! Since moving, my brain has...

Let’s Talk ABA… Again.

Ok, so this one is going to be a bit controversial. You all know I love my son’s ABA therapist. Well, former therapist because we moved....

Moving part II

Hey y’all! Sorry it’s been a while, moving out of state with a toddler is not for the faint of heart. But I do have an update. I...

Moving with a Special Needs Child… Pt. 1

Hey y’all! Can you believe its August? Mid August at that. Where has this year gone?! One thing that 2021 has brought us is our very...

ABA: Good or Bad?

If you’re a part of the autism community, I’m sure you have heard the controversy around ABA. I’m here to give you my take on it as a...

Dear Simone Biles

Dear Simone, You don’t know me and probably never will. However, I felt the need to write you a letter to explain to you how amazing and...

Advocating for the Autism Community

Hey friends, How are y’all? I’m going to link a paper I just wrote for school. It covers advocating for autism and how we can do better....

Let’s Talk Autism

I’m sure if you are reading this blog, you probably know some stuff about autism. Perhaps you have a child diagnosed, or feel that maybe...

Why Target Millennials?

As you’ve noticed, this blog is a millennial’s guide. Why do I specifically target millennials? It’s not because I am one. If you’ve...

Imposter Syndrome, Who Else?

When I mentioned starting this blog to David’s therapist, I told her I didn’t know if I really should or not. You see, I don’t feel...

The Next Step

Stop what you’re doing! If you haven’t read the post “You have a diagnosis, now what?”, do that now! Okay. So you read that they wanted...

You have a diagnosis, now what?

So let’s talk about what led to this blog in the first place, Autism. I think many know that something is off with their child and feel...

More than the Labels

Let me preface this by saying I am pro science and pro doctors. I fully understand why there are certain labels, but that doesn’t mean...

David’s Birth Story

Before I go into further detail of Autism, let me share David’s birth story like I said I would in my mental health post. It was a long...

Mental Health in Parents

Let’s get real for a second, parents do not get to talk about mental health enough. I don’t know about y’all, but I definitely have...

Who am I?

Let me start by saying I am no expert. I am not a medical doctor. I am simply a special needs mother who is trying to navigate a world...

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