Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders, affecting millions in the U.S. alone. As these rates continue to rise, so does the need for acceptance and inclusion. Autism affects everyone differently. That’s what makes it a spectrum so vast and unique. Some people are mildly affected, while others more severe. Autism has no look, and does not discriminate between male and female, or race and creed. There is no early detection or medical test available to diagnose ASD- just a series of testing through evaluations, usually performed by a trained psychologist. With Autism being a neurological disorder how severely a person is affected varies. Autism is constantly being portrayed in the media and in the entertainment industry as the same flat one sided role, leaving room for a lot false stigmas and misconceptions. The spectrum is extremely diverse, and is filled with people from every background. By sharing other people’s stories and experiences, I hope to paint a more accurate portrayal of what it means to have Autism.
Olive is our spunky 6 year who is on the spectrum. She was diagnosed at with ASD at the age of 2. Around the age of 4 she began finding her voice, and is now verbal. Olive loves coloring and being a big sister. Her favorite thing to do is to play at the park, and catch up on her favorite Youtube videos. If being an Autism mom has taught me anything, it’s to celebrate the little things and always trust your instincts. At the end of the day, no one knows your child like you.