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…

Create Your Village and Go!

I often refer to my family as a team. People have wondered aloud to me, “I don’t see you guys socialize with a lot of folks.” If I surmise that the inquiring person is not being sarcastic (because sometimes people are), I explain our decision. Early on in Aaron’s life, while we were met with…

Find Your Village

For fellow autism parents with more than one child…. Most folks know the story, but for those that don’t… My second son, Moo, is my faith baby. I was scared to death when I found out I was pregnant with him. I didn’t think I would be able to give him the attention he needed…

Celebrate Every Victory

Paul and I saw this building in downtown Norfolk, Va, this past weekend. I looked at him and asked, “Isn’t this Spaghetti Warehouse?” Paul smiled and replied, “Yes it is.” Travel down memory lane with me 🕰…. Its the late 90s. My younger brother Dexter recently graduated from THE Elizabeth City State University and was…