The Frustration in Dealing with Autism

The frustration of being a parent to a child with autism is real.  It's a whole new level of frustration at so many things.  Let me count the things and people I'm frustrated with in just the last few days... the school for not communicating what's really happening regarding my son's behavior myself; for not … Continue reading The Frustration in Dealing with Autism


Access to Early Education

In a recent Sunday paper from the Tampa Bay Times, I came across an article titled "By age 3, rich kids attend school; poor kids stay with grandparent".  I only saw the article because I was looking at the picture of the dinosaur bones on that page because my daughter was so excited about Dinosaur … Continue reading Access to Early Education

Happy Birthday!

Dear Maximus, Happy Birthday!  You have changed my life forever.  Not only did you make me a mother but you made me the most determined mother to fight for you and create a vehicle to continue growing to advocate for others.  You are more than you know and will be greater than what others expect.  … Continue reading Happy Birthday!


Marriage and Autism

The topic of marriage is always a discussion that leads to statistic rates and normally includes a discussion of divorce.  I have written about divorce, autism and denial before and understand the reality that divorce is far too common among couples who have a child with autism or special needs child. I recently read in … Continue reading Marriage and Autism


Trick or Treat

Tips and Tricks this Halloween  Trick or Treating with small children with autism Have a child under 5 that is developmentally delayed or have a child with diagnosed autism?  Here are my five tips and tricks for this Halloween when going trick or treating. Comfort and liking the costume First, the child must be comfortable … Continue reading Trick or Treat


A Letter to Myself

Dear Ruth, It's been a real tough journey over the last year and three years.  You have hung in there well but you cannot keep this pace.  Ruth, you are so strong and Max is so lucky to have you fight for him.  At times, I didn't know if you or I would make it; … Continue reading A Letter to Myself


Stressful September

Well, I am so very excited that September is on it's last day! I rarely write on Ruthfulness about topics that don't relate directly to education, access and advocating for autism and early intervention.  But, we are one year in!  Happy Anniversary to Ruthfulness.  It has been a year since I started publicly sharing my … Continue reading Stressful September