Welcome!

So glad you’re here!

If you’re a parent of a child with autism, you’re in the right place. This topic is the impetus for my blog.MommyCatharsis

Or maybe you know someone who has autism, and you want to better understand what that diagnosis really means. This blog is for you too. You can learn right along with us!

Four years ago, when I found out my oldest son (who is now seven) has autism, I felt very overwhelmed.

I found myself immersed in a world with a language I didn’t know. What has helped me cope with the struggle is reading the blogs of fellow parents who are also raising children with autism. I realize now I am far from alone in this incredible endeavor.

I made the decision to join this community of bloggers primarily because writing about it is very cathartic.  It is also my hope that my blog can provide you some of the solace you need and the affirmation that while your job really is tough, you have others you can lean on.

But I’m also more than a mother of a child with autism.

If you have a child with special needs, you know how easy it is to lose your own identity in the diagnosis.  I often have to remind myself that I’m also the mother of a kind, amazing five year-old boy. I’m a wife. I’m a teacher. I’m a perfectionist. I’m still that little girl who has aspirations of being a novelist. You’ll find posts about these aspects of my life as well.

First and foremost though, I want to offer my first-hand experiences as a mother of two young boys in a way that is both honest, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous.

Feel free to start the journey from the very beginning by reading my very first post.

Or, if you would prefer, browse by topics which interest you or view my most popular posts. These features can be found at the bottom of each page.

Either way, I hope you learn a little something or nod your head in understanding.

Thank you for stopping by!

Mommy Catharsis

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2 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. We teach the venerable Chinese martial art to people with special needs – roughly 75% of our students are somewhere on the autism spectrum. Currently, that means almost 100 named syndromes and over 200 genes. We’ve found that it often matters exactly which mutation of a gene one has.
    Students getting measurably healthier, having a inclusive social group and having life goals in the form of performance-based collegiate bachelor’s and master’s degrees is great and all. And it is something of a mantelpiece moment when a lineage-holding grandmaster publicly acknowledges that a student correctly performed something the grandmaster’s extended family has been teaching for 400 years all over Planet Earth. We would like to think bullying will decrease remarkably. But the real payback (we think) is that parents and physicians (and students if they want) get daily digital scores, If the scores go up whatever other changes were made to medications, diet, sleep, logistics … were right. Peter Zoll http://www.silverwolfwushu.com

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