Autism and Spiritual Awareness – KP Writes

Aaron and Me: Our Journey on the Spectrum, is a perfect way to explain autism to young children. Bryantโ€™s brother, Aaron, has Aspergers, a form of autism. But autism doesnโ€™t keep Aaron from being an awesome big brother. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ Visit my link, bit.ly/aaronandme, to purchase your copy today! Looking for a peaceful way to start…

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…

Autism, ADHD, and Us

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

Pruden Counseling Concepts, PLLC

Hello to my new followers and โ€œWhatโ€™s up?โ€ 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. Heโ€™s not a perfect guy or a perfect parent. Thatโ€™s not what this post is about. Team Pruden has had to contend with 2 issues, autism…

Preparation is Key ๐Ÿ”‘

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, Aaronโ€™s grocery shopping was successful because we were able to: โœ… 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, โ€œIsnโ€™t this Spaghetti Warehouse?โ€ Paul smiled and replied, โ€œYes it is.โ€ Travel down memory lane with me ๐Ÿ•ฐโ€ฆ. Its the late 90s. My younger brother Dexter recently graduated from THE Elizabeth City State University and was…