Autism, ADHD, and Us

The other day, my youngest son, Bryant, and I were talking. Out of the blue, he asked me, “Ma, did you ever think you would ever have 2 neurodiverse kids?” Neurodiverse is defined as a “ variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, and other mental functions.” My oldest son, Aaron, has Aspergers,…

Pruden Counseling Concepts, PLLC

Hello to my new followers and “What’s up?” to my established crew! I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Keischa Pruden, but most folks call me KP. I am a psychotherapist and I have a private practice, Pruden Counseling Concepts, PLLC. I have been a practicing therapist now for almost…

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…

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.…

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. Visit http://www.TheDrAliGriffiithShow.com, listen to our…

Aaron Pays A Bill!

Last Friday, Aaron got a true taste of adulthood: he paid his very first bill! Aaron has been working for 6 months now. Although this is not his first job, this job is significant because he is maturing and learning more independent living skills, like paying bills. If possible, persons on the autism spectrum should…