My Autism Events Blog

Shout Out from Kempsville Elementary

Shout Out from Kempsville Elementary

https://youtu.be/q3vUZqYedwE Connor rocks. He went from a self-contained special education classroom to graduating early at 16! Yes, he's on the Autism Spectrum, but that did not stop him. It was definitely challenging, but thankfully "Team Connor" was 100% behind him...

3rd Anniversary Celebration – Grand Re-Opening

3rd Anniversary Celebration – Grand Re-Opening

- Saturday, November 7 WE’RE TURNING THREE! That’s right, join us November 7 as we celebrate the start of our fourth year of bringing you awesome coffee and cool artisan gifts while supporting special needs families in the coolest little shop in the 300 block of...

Life Lessons – Proud Momma Moment – Meghan Ashburn

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 clinic a couple of weeks ago. There was another boy in there who (I assume) was autistic. He seemed to be a frequent flyer in the nurse's station...

Is My 2yr Old Showing Signs of ASD?

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. Anyone else notice similar things, who's best to go to that will actually take me seriously? He's always chewed on everything but most recently...

Tell Me Your Story with Gina Montanez

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 lot of grace, empathy, or basic kindness for people who are just different. Tools she has given her kids include decompressing and down time. It...

Lance – A Survivor – And He Scripts in His Head

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 week we took our tiny baby home. He didn't eat solids until he was 3 due to swallowing issues and didn't walk until 4. He was nonverbal until 4 1/2...

Today was one of those days I live for – Izzy being Izzy

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 projects closing, and new ones to bid for, yada, yada, yada. This year is so much more than most. COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. Having to...

Hello, We’re Spectrum Parents Events

Hello, We’re Spectrum Parents Events

Spectrum Parents Events Come Out. Make Friends. Build Your Tribe.  We Keep Pretty BusyWhat's Our Deal Anyway?Our Mission is to make the world a better place. Spectrum Parents Events is a nonprofit support group for autism families. We do everyday normal activities to...

Rewinding the Clock

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 rate skyrocketed at 33 weeks (6lbs). 1st emergency c-section. Afterward, he was in the NICU fighting some pretty rough medical issues for 4...

Life’s Been Good to Me so Far!

Life’s Been Good to Me so Far!

This Year vs. Last Year 2020 has nothing on 2019....except surfing, Hatteras Trips, Bon Fires & S’mores, Beach Nights, Drag Yourself to Brunch, Pumpkin Decorating Party, Meditation, Flower Class, Comedy Nights, Magic Shows, Beach Sunset Photo Shoot, Mad Dash to...

My Son Said Stuff Happens….#rockstar

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 view at how much our 10 year old son has changed since he was diagnosed on the spectrum. We had some bad news that none of us were happy about (...

My Son Helped Me for the First Time Ever

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 he runs to another room shuts the door and hides under a blanket. It was just an area rug but he earned 50 cents for his "chore". So proud of my...

I’m Not a Teacher

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 homework given appropriately? My full time working friends and friends with special needs kiddos are pulling their hair out trying to keep their kids...

Trick or Treating at Autism Friendly Homes

Trick or Treating at Autism Friendly Homes

  We were so lucky to have Autism Families volunteer to decorate their homes and pass out candy to kids on the spectrum so they can go trick or treating before Halloween. Why? 1. They won’t get “in trouble” for grabbing too much candy due to poor fine motor...

EPIC Upcoming Events

EPIC Upcoming Events

When we started meetup events, everything changed. Not only did I make friends, but so did my son. From there, my goal was to organize over the top events for autism families who normally wouldn’t leave their homes. I am tickled pink they are comfortable and take off...

My Students are Thriving in Virtual Learning

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 May to reading his first list of dolche primer words. My kiddos are able to log into their own applications. One even screen shared his Lexia...

They Showed Us The World

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 years, we saw incredible cities with famous winding roads, mountains that had awesome snow tubing trails, lakes that we learned to ski on, streams...

Nothing Makes Me Feel More Inadequate Than Family Day

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 classes and the teachers tell me about the incredibly advanced math, science, and technology they’re using and then the other parents engage in...

I NEED A BEST FRIEND – NOW

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 old, Logan, has ASD and I have a chunky little 9-month-old, Lilly.   My hubby is Navy and I’m a registered nurse. I work Friday through Monday....

He Said HI to ME!!!

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 we experienced another regression at 18 months- it was as if the slate was wiped clean. Over the past 2 weeks we’ve been getting words here and...

Magical Moments in the POOL

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 area. The theme was "Magical Moments." "You see, one of the things that stuck with me the most from my readings shortly after my son’s...

She Makes Me Happy

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 she was three for weak muscle tone, gait issues and poor motor skills. They even thought she may have CP, thankfully she does not. She doesn’t let...

Soccer with Eliza Hope ROCKED!!!

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 minutes or so he joined in. I can’t even explain what a fantastic group I found!!!!! It was AMAZING. There was a mom squatted down hugging her...

Autism – One Fact a Day

Here are facts I have gotten from you guys (Vania, Eve, and Wendi) and all over the web. I have changed some verbiage and added my two cents to some of the "facts of the day." I tried to make them as kid friendly as I could - some of them are repeats to get the point...

Remember what it is like to Laugh? Let’s do that again.

Remember what it is like to Laugh? Let’s do that again.

There is a place called Spectrum Parents. When you walk in, you’ll have a gut feeling that everyone there knows you. Families at Spectrum Parents don’t mind if you’re child is having a meltdown on isle 5. You look around, smile and relax because you finally found a...