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 I am simply a special needs mother who is trying to navigate a world plagued by outdated research. This site is strictly for parents, like myself, that want somewhere to go to know the latest findings and research on special needs. However, I will include personal antidotes, stories, and real life tips I have found as a parent myself.
My name is Erica. I am currently 27 years old and I am studying for my master’s certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Arizona State University. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology as well. Therefore, I do feel somewhat qualified to give my opinions to those who are looking for it, but I believe my best advice comes from the parenting side of me.
I have a beautiful 3 year old little boy named David. David is level 2 autistic, nonverbal. He also has a chromosome deletion that the doctors have no idea how that will impact his future (how fun is that?). I will share my insight about things I have learned and hope I will help y’all as well!
You may have noticed that this is called A Millennial’s guide. I included that because so much research I have done is completely outdated. Many autistic adults have recently come out and discussed things that parents have done in the past that hindered them and hurt them. It is our job as the new generation of parents to do better for the future of autistic individuals. Let’s learn together how to do better for our babies.
This will always be a judgement free place. I am planning on sharing unfiltered stories about myself and my life in hopes of helping others. I hope you will do the same in the comments because I believe we all can learn from one another. My goal is to build a beautiful community of love and support for all types of parents and family members of special needs kids. Don’t have a special needs child? You’re still welcome! I will be sharing tips that can help everyone!
Let’s build this community together.