Autism, ADHD, and the African American Community

Oftentimes, in the African American community, we hear the words “Autism” and “ADHD” and immediately negative images come to mind. As a mental health professional and the mom of 2 amazing sons, one of whom has autism and the other has ADHD, part of my life’s work is to show there are other facets of…

Dr. Who, Autism and Aaron

Paul tried to prepare me for my oldest son, Aaron’s, Christmas gift. The only clue he would give me is, “You guys have had a conversation about it.” Christmas Day came. Every gift I received was beyond thoughtful; this was probably the best Christmas I have ever had. I saw Aaron looking Paul’s way. Then…

PS5, Autism, and Teamwork

Most young folks love video games. But being isolated or less social because of COVID 19 has intensified the love and desire to play them. Aaron is no different. When he was laid off earlier this year, we were concerned as a family he would be isolated and as a result, experience emotional issues. The…

Grief and the Holidays

November has been a tough month for me, biopsychosocialspiritually. But lately, I’ve noticed (courtesy of my Facebook memories) that November has traditionally been a rough month for me for quite a while. I put my therapist hat on immediately and attempted to figure out the source of my distress. My answer, or possible answer, hit…

Confessions of an Autism/ADHD Mom

Since 1996, when my oldest son initially lost his ability to speak, I became a case manager of sorts: monitoring, linking, and ensuring that Aaron has what he needs to be happy and productive. When I became pregnant for the second time, I prayed for a “normal” child, one that would not experience so many…

Corona Survivor Series – My Parents Had COVID-19

Today’s blog in my Corona Survivor Series was written by our youngest son. Bryant. COVID-19, like many illnesses, affects more than just the person afflicted. He was brave enough to share what he experienced as his father and I fought the coronavirus. Thank you Bryant, for sharing your thoughts with us and the world. We…

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,…