PS5, Autism, and Teamwork

Most young folks love video games. But being isolated or less social because of COVID 19 has intensified the love and desire to play them. Aaron is no different. When he was laid off earlier this year, we were concerned as a family he would be isolated and as a result, experience emotional issues. The…

Ham Steaks and Independence- Life Inside A Spectrum Family

I walked by my kitchen sink Thursday morning and spotted the usual item lying within it: a frozen ham steak. I smiled and kept walking. A little later I went back and snapped a pic. While many may look at this piece of meat and see just that, a piece of delicious pork, I see…

Confessions of a Mom of an Adult With Autism

A couple of weeks ago, I went shopping with one of my best friends. We have known each other for at least 30 years. We were college roommates our entire time in school. We got married days apart and had our first sons only months apart. My friend Tamala and I, as adults (top) and…

IEP Whisperer

Are you a parent, teacher, mental health professional or other interested party who feels anxious when you hear the term “IEP”? Would you benefit from someone sharing IEP wisdom or reviewing your child’s/client’s/student’s IEP? Trust me. I understand your angst. As the mom of a son on the autism spectrum, IEP/IEP meetings were not my…

Special Needs Parent Appreciation Month

August is Special Needs Parent Appreciation Month. I would like to take this opportunity to shout out my hubby Paul Pruden Jr for being a great special needs parent. He’s not a perfect guy or a perfect parent. That’s not what this post is about. Team Pruden has had to contend with 2 issues, autism…

Autism Advocacy

Do the terms “IEP”, “504 Plan, “Reasonable Accomodations”, or other special education terms cause you anxiety? I totally understand. As an autism parent, I remember the days of anxiety before IEP meetings. I remember doing as much research as I could to ensure my son Aaron received every possible resource available in school. My experiences…

Preparation is Key 🔑

On our autism journey, we have learned that preparation is a key component to success. I asked Aaron to do a little grocery shopping today. Over time, we have developed a game plan to help Aaron have successful community outings. In this instance, Aaron’s grocery shopping was successful because we were able to: ✅ Create…

Structure in an Autism Family

Upon first glance, this looks like any shelf you may see in any laundry room. But if you look closer, there is an order here that works for Team Pruden. Early on, we learned that in order for Aaron to live a more peaceful environment, life had to be predictable. I know, life has surprises.…

My Struggle, Your Peace

Picture it…… My hubby, Paul, and I were newly married with a baby on the way, just 22 years old. All we knew was we were in love and having a baby. Two years after this pic was taken, Autism arrived on the scene and EVERYTHING changed for us. Twenty plus years ago, a lot…

Aaron and Me: Our Journey on the Spectrum

My children’s book, Aaron and Me: Our Journey on the Spectrum, is based on the lives of my sons, as experienced by my youngest son, Bryant. His older brother, Aaron, has Aspergers, a form of autism. But that doesn’t mean they don’t love and cherish each other. Black children and families are underrepresented in the…