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…

Autism Moms Talk About Autism: Sucesss at Home and School

Dr. Ali Griffith and I had an AMAZING conversation about ways to help our children on the autism spectrum feel safe and find success at home and at school. As professionals and mothers of children with autism, we understand the importance of sharing what we know works with our village. Listen to our engaging convo,…

Autism Awareness Month FB Live Event

FB Live makes me nervous, but here I go! I will be reading my children’s book this Thursday. Join me in Writers Rock! Readers group as I read Aaron and Me: Our Journey on the Spectrum. Your children can learn about autism, brotherhood, and unconditional love ❤️💙. Thank you Wanda Roberts for this opportunity!

Support for Autism Families

April is Autism Awareness Month. In light of recent events, I felt it best to raise awareness by offering suggestions on how to offer support to autism families, not just during times of crisis, but on a day to day basis. Feel free to share and offer support!💙❤️💙❤️ 1) Communicate: reach out to a spectrum…

Let’s Talk About Autism

I had an awesome time discussing autism with fellow mental health colleague Shevon Jones of The Mental Health Collective. Her podcast, The Helpers Tribe, helps shed a positive light on mental health and it’s Helpers https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tribe-of-helpers-podcast/id1495479856?i=1000469230618