“Back Off Mom”

This week has been quite eventful for me. I heard the same message from both of my sons: "Back off Mom." Before I move forward, perhaps I should explain myself. I am the mother of two amazing young, African American males. They are bright, loving, and believe in our Creator. Aaron,  my oldest son (24),…

Moo, Code Switching, Microaggressions, and the African American Experience

  This morning, my youngest son Bryant, nicknamed "Moo", had his initial interview to be considered for participation in the Governor's School Program next summer.  This program is designed to expand the knowledge base of bright young minds in the subject of their choice within the curriculum. Bryant chose natural science for his potential learning…

Sibling Love

Ever thought about the relationship between a person with autism and their siblings? Is it any different than the relationship between typical siblings? Find out by reading Aaron and Me: Our Journey on the Spectrum. Bryant shares his life with Aaron, his older brother, who also has an autism spectrum disorder. Aaron and Me will…

The Story Continues

So, what happened next? Well, once we realized that Aaron’s speech and language were not developing in a timely manner, we started with testing to see what was going on. Between the ages of 18 months to 4, Aaron was tested a few times and given speech/language delay diagnoses. He also had difficulties with tying…

Our Journey Begins

As many people know by now, this is one of my favorite pictures of Aaron. We had him dressed so cute and so 90s! What the pic doesn’t show is that by the time this picture was taken, Aaron was no longer speaking. He was not yet 2 years old. Our journey started like many…