Be Kind to One Another- Ellen

Take time out for Ellen.#self-care.

Here’s a snippet:

I started a local autism support group in 2011. My goal was for people to go out, meet friends & create their tribe.

Some of my reviews:

This group helped me find Dr. Madren. This group helped me through some difficult times with testing and IEPs.. and even more recently this group helped me find a Girl Scout troop that warmly welcomed my daughter. She has come out of her shell and has put her energy toward her cookie sales. I am so thankful for this because she has beyond exceeded what anyone thought she would do. I marched into her first meeting and asked my aunt to leave and stayed the entire hour begging to go back.

I am so thankful for all these members in the group. Thank you x 1000 <3 – Nicole Morin

I appreciate you all! This group really has changed our lives. Don’t know where we would be without this group ? – Julia

I appreciated this group before I went on an Autism on the Seas cruise & now that I’m back even more. Speaking to people that live in other cities, they do not have the support & outlets we have. Thank you for everything you do & the next time I can make it to an outing, I owe you all a drink (coffee, wine, etc.) – Tiffany

Not sure what I would have done without this group. We appreciate all the support and information shared. Thanks to guidance provided by members of this group our boy has a pretty amazing quality of life. This group rocks!!!! Thank you, admin, for all that you do ?

I’m sure I’ve said it before I love this group! Y’all are amazing. The support is remarkable.

This is one of the most supportive groups I’ve ever been a member of. We’re all here to help. If anyone here feels overwhelmed or need a break, an ear to listen and a shoulder, I am available through messenger!

Hands down one of the best groups I’ve become part of. I love all the events that my son can enjoy and the adult ones also. Love the resources and information you can get from other parents who are walking your same path.

I love that we have this resource! It really helps to be able to not only meet other children my son’s age for socializing, but also for me to meet other parents who truly understand what we deal with on a daily basis and with no judgments of our parenting. Meeting new people who become dear friends is just a bonus!

My WHY…

When I was in the trenches of autism, I desperately needed help. My youngest had regressed tremendously and we were lost. We tried everything, but support was one thing that was missing. That’s when I started Spectrum Parents.

I’m beyond thrilled I started it – I had no idea how special it would be for so many families. But, let me tell you about our group – You can ask for help anytime – night or day and someone is there to send you a virtual hug or high five. And Spectrum is so much more than support.

Lastly, our outings rock. We had a huge Santa Party this year at the Aviation Museum where every kiddo went on a sleigh ride, ate some goodies and sat on Santa’s lap to receive a gift. It was truly a magical night.

We’ve been 3 times to VB Ice and it was hands down awesome. We even got some incredibly patient volunteers to help and give rides. Our last outdoor skating event is on Jan 6th.

Our next event is Skating to the ’80s. We reserved the whole rink so kids can be kids and parents don’t have to worry about being judged.

We are all in the same boat. We have brunch and lunch get-togethers monthly, not to mention all the sensory activities for our kiddos. More fun outings to come… including a girls retreat and whale watching! #spectrumparents #autismmom

This calendar has been building for years. You can poke around, find what interests you, maybe some social activities for your family or just for YOU…myautismevents.com. It includes all local autism-friendly events ?

A little Bit About Me…

I am a MOM, wife, daughter, aunt, sister…I am an amateur photographer, advocate, Realtor, Founder & Owner of Spectrum Parents, a former Special Ed Teacher and Social Worker. My family is somewhat still active and every day we get on a unique roller coaster ride. And the ride is vastly different for each kiddo. One is happily zig-zagging along on the Autism Spectrum and the other is moving at superhuman speed with ADHD in the driver’s seat. We all hold on tight and enjoy the ride. Along the way, our goal is to love life, take risks, and enjoy the little things. And Be Kind To One Another.

Upcoming Event! December 2019