What My Son’s Autism Has Taught Me

Twelve years ago, I gave birth to my youngest child, Richard. He was a beautiful, bright-eyed baby who smiled and cooed at everyone he met. Anywhere we went, people would come up to us to remark how handsome he was with his mischievous smile. Richard was right on...

Centering Disability in Trauma-Informed Care

There is a particular focus on trauma-informed care in the Social Work field and can help practitioners understand the way in which adverse life experiences at different life/developmental stages can impact mental and physical health.

The Price Tag

The Price Tag

The second surgery, the stroke, the second angiogram, the ICU stay. I think all of that was maybe $300,000 more. I honestly have no idea how much money has been spent on keeping me alive.

Confusion in the Midst of a Storm

A few weeks ago, I attended a church service that was comparable to nearly any other Sunday service I have attended; however, this particular day I was fortunate enough to be able to recognize the way that misinformation can be manifest and spread within a community setting.

The Overuse of the Word Empower

The disability rights movement quite famously took up the phrase “nothing about us without us” as part of an effort to increase representation and participation of people with disabilities with a particular focus on policy and services.

Turning Emotions Inside Out

Turning Emotions Inside Out

I frequently work with child therapeutically who are on the autism spectrum. One area I constantly feel children on the spectrum struggle with (and parents of children on the spectrum report that they struggle with) is understanding abstract concepts, such as emotions.