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…

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…

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…

How to Maintain A Healthy Relationship While Parenting a Special Needs Child

https://www.facebook.com/100000830014076/videos/2746509208720053/ My husband Paul and I spent valuable time with Alasha Bennett talking about how to remain committed to each other while parenting a child with additional needs. Feel free to watch our interview. We welcome your feedback ❤️

Sibling Love

Ever thought about the relationship between a person with autism and their siblings? Is it any different than the relationship between typical siblings? Find out by reading Aaron and Me: Our Journey on the Spectrum. Bryant shares his life with Aaron, his older brother, who also has an autism spectrum disorder. Aaron and Me will…