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Shout Out from Kempsville Elementary
https://youtu.be/q3vUZqYedwE Connor rocks. He went from a self-contained special education classroom to graduating early at...
Life Lessons – Proud Momma Moment – Meghan Ashburn
Life Lesons - Proud momma moment! (It's a good story, I promise.) I had to visit one of my older boys in the middle school...
Is My 2yr Old Showing Signs of ASD?
I know doctors cannot tell me in the group and can really only tell me to go see a doctor,  lol but I'd love any opinions....
Tell Me Your Story with Gina Montanez
Meltdowns were out of this world. Totally isolated,tried daycare....but, the twins were not welcomed back. There is not a...
I’ve been beaten. I’m tired of fighting. I can’t do 1 more IEP.
I can’t do 1 more IEP meeting because it won’t make a difference. I’m sharing this story for the newbies. I grew up here,...
Lance – A Survivor – And He Scripts in His Head
Lance came into this world at 32 weeks and weighing in at just 5lbs. Within 24 hours he dropped to 4lbs but after just 1...
Today was one of those days I live for – Izzy being Izzy
What a beautiful day! Life is always stressful in September because Theresa is so busy with work, end-of-fiscal year...
Rewinding the Clock
Both were born preemies. With my firstborn, I was hospital bound from 28 weeks till my blood pressure dropped and his heart...
My Son Said Stuff Happens….#rockstar
Today gave me a view at how much our 10 year old son has changed since he was diagnosed on the spectrum. Today gave me a...
My Son Helped Me for the First Time Ever
For the first time ever my 6.5 yr old helped me vacuum (while wearing his noise-canceling headphones). Every time I vacuum...
I’m Not a Teacher
I’m not a teacher. I don’t have a child in a public school at the moment. But, why can’t lessons be pre recorded and...
My Students are Thriving in Virtual Learning
Seventy-five percent of my students are thriving in virtual learning. One went from not knowing any of his letter sounds in...
They Showed Us The World
As a kid, my parents always took us on tons of road trips. They loved to explore new places and because we moved every 2...
Nothing Makes Me Feel More Inadequate Than Family Day
I LOVE Bethany’s school. However, nothing makes me feel more inadequate than family day. Where we sit in each of their...
I NEED A BEST FRIEND – NOW
I need a best friend lol! So if anyone else needs a bestie I’m available   I’m almost 32 and I have two kids. My three year...
He Said HI to ME!!!
He SAID HI to ME!!! Zachary lost all his language at 12 months. Working with him nonstop we were slowly gaining words, but...
Magical Moments in the POOL
I had the opportunity to spread some autism awareness last night, with some of the big philanthropists in the Hampton Roads...
She Makes Me Happy
Y’all can I just tell you how this makes my heart happy. She didn’t walk till she was 18 months and has been in PT since...
Soccer with Eliza Hope ROCKED!!!
Soccer with Eliza Hope ROCKED!Today was our first day with Eliza Hope's soccer group. It started rough but after about 5...

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Shout Out from Kempsville Elementary

https://youtu.be/q3vUZqYedwE Connor rocks. He went from a self-contained special education...

Hello, We’re Spectrum Parents Events

Spectrum Parents Events Come Out. Make Friends. Build Your Tribe.  We Keep Pretty BusyWhat's Our...

Trick or Treating at Autism Friendly Homes

  We were so lucky to have Autism Families volunteer to decorate their homes and pass out...

My Autism Tribe – Spectrum Parents

Recently someone told me that I made Spectrum just to get business- real estate - business. In...

High School Homeschooling- Day 1

I thought I’d never homeschool. This kid is lightyears ahead of me. But, we are doing it. AND we...

Veteran Autism Mom

I'm writing this as somewhat of a veteran "Autism Mom." My kids are older now, 16 & 17. But,...

Autism Family Resources in Hampton Roads

When you first get the Autism Diagnosis, you might feel relieved or maybe a little bit of grief....

Come Out. Make Friends. Build Your Tribe. 

Living Your Best Life

Living Your Best Life

I asked one of my dear friends if she could give me one piece of advice about running an autism nonprofit what would it be? I thought of all the logistics. The law, fundraising, my site, etc. But, nope. She said to know my “why & focus” on it. Well, that I know. I...

How to Keep Going in this Chaotic World

How to Keep Going in this Chaotic World

I don’t know about you, but this has been a no-good, terrible year. People are losing it. And we all have the right to lose it. Being on the receiving end of someone else losing it, now that we don’t deserve. Autism Families absolutely need to keep going. If we don’t...

I’m beyond exhausted and embarrassed, I’m humiliated.

I’m beyond exhausted and embarrassed, I’m humiliated.

Walking down isle 5 in the grocery store, my head is down and I’m avoiding all eye contact My usually beautiful sweet child is having a ear piercing, attention grabbing violent melt down. I can feel the condescending looks. Just two more things-I can do this. My head...

Go! Awesome Things To Do With Your Family

Go! Awesome Things To Do With Your Family

♥️ This list is simply the best. And it couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you so very much for sharing Christy. ♥️ Christy is an amazing mom of two smart, funny, and adorable boys. She has taken this time to explore our little corner of the world. I’m am just...

Autism Families Who Have Found US

After moving so much with the military, it was a godsend to have a support group to ask questions and get answers and know there is an amazing autism community with events for parents and kids. So helpful! It’s so comforting to know there are activities for just us- “those who get it”.
I’m forever grateful.
Stacy Rossmanith

This is so important for my family’s journey. We have had so many amazing experiences because of this page. Egg hunts, beach nights, sleigh rides, roller skating and so much more!! The best part is the acceptance and the freedom to be you!! Our lives are full of new adventures and can’t wait to find the next one!!

Dawn Hughes

This group has been a lifesaver to my family when my son was diagnosed with Autism. The group provides an abundance of information and resources, outing availabilities not only for your ASD child, the whole family, and also parent-only events. If you have a question, praise, or concern – post it. You get advice, love and support in return. Spectrum isn’t a group, it’s a Tribe! I have come to feel I am not alone in my family’s challenging journey. For that, I am extremely grateful!

Christy Parks

I would be lost without Suzi and what she has created for people touched by autism. She has so much positive and welcoming energy. She has created an encouraging and supportive online environment filled with vital resources. She works tirelessly to create events to fit EVERYONES needs and schedule. However, it’s more than events and resources, it’s a community, a family really. She’s done something amazing, something that can’t be replicated. Thank you!!!

Stephanie Beggs