Raising a child with autism is often like riding a roller coaster. There are lots of ups and downs. Sometimes it can be challenging for parents of neurotypical children to understand the joys and challenges associated with raising a child with autism. The autism blog Special EV tries to address that challenge. Through its well-written posts, Special EV gives an honest perspective of parenting a child on the spectrum. There is no attempt to sugarcoat the world of autism parenting. However, a positive and loving attitude permeates each blog post leaving the reader inspired and uplifted. So head on over to Special EV and experience one parent’s joys and struggles of raising a son with autism.
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- Parent Perspective (Mother)
- Honest, no sugarcoating
- Overall positive tone
- Demonstrates the positive impact that a child with autism has on his mother
Purpose of Special EV Autism Blog:
The purpose of the Special EV is twofold:
- To show others the ups and downs of raising a child with autism as a way to promote not only acceptance but also understanding
- To provide a source of comfort and support to other parents of children with autism. In the words of the author of Special EV: “I know that I like to read a good blog that I can relate to. When I can laugh and cry with the author, I know it’s a good one. I want to give parents the opportunity to laugh and cry with me too.”
Motivation to Start Special EV Blog:
I began blogging two years ago for a hospital parenting program. It was April and they asked me to do something about autism. The response was fantastic and I saw an opportunity to educate and inspire parents with and without kids on the spectrum. I got a lot of response from parents of kids with other issues like ADD, OCD, anxiety, who could relate to my writing and that was extremely motivating. I was reluctant to start a blog of my own mostly because I’ve seen too many bloggers let their blogs fade quickly. I wasn’t sure if I could keep one up (and I’m still nervous about producing quality content on a regular basis). I talk about this a bit in my first post, To Blog or Not to Blog.
Motivation to Continue Blogging:
My son Evan motivates me to continue writing. I want the world to accept him for who he is. When he was younger his quirky behaviors weren’t so blaring but as he get older, the looks and comments elicited by his behaviors range from bewilderment to disgust. Sometimes I want to carry a sign that says don’t judge him. He has autism. While his autism is not an excuse for his behavior, it is an explanation.
Special EV Author’s Favorite Blog Post:
- To the Doctor Who Unknowingly Said the Wrong Thing When Our Son Was Diagnosed With Autism:
- This is the author’s favorite because it was something she had wanted to write for seven years and she said it felt good to finally get it out.
- Through Your Eyes:
- All about the closest she has come to seeing the world through the eyes of her son.
- A Birthday Dinner, Autism Style:
- “Captures the essence of what makes autism parenting different and special.” -Special EV
- Please Don’t Use My Son as a Teachable Moment, Unless You Change the Way You’re Teaching:
- “This message is so powerful and it speaks to parents of children with autism and those raising neurotypical kids too.” – Special EV
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