I am an autistic child's parent, like many of you. I am the lonely warrior, in the trenches for him, like you. I have seen the disapproving looks of those who thought I was a bad parent, like many of you. I know the utter exhaustion and frustration. Sometimes mothering an autistic child seems impossible.
Because I desire to help parents facing the same struggles I have faced, I created this website. If you need help with the best therapy ideas, nutrition, supplementation, and diet, educational planning and advocacy for your child, and encouragement, you are in the right place. I have found what I believe are the best products available to guide you through the "autism journey," and also helpful, free articles So grab a cup of coffee (or tea, if you're English, like me) and enjoy. Visit us often: we'll even provide some humor to brighten your day!
A little about my background: I am the mother of four sons (three currently in college), the oldest having autism. Our autistic son, Scott, is currently a part-time community college student and collegiate cross-country runner, and also in a job-training program. Many of the therapies detailed on this site were used to help him grow from a non-verbal, severely autistic child to where he is today. I know many children cannot accomplish at his level, but I pray that the information provided will maximize your child's potential.
My background has prepared me for the challenges with my son. I have advanced training in psychology and music, and many years of experience performing and teaching music at all levels (including special needs). In addition, my husband of 32 years and I have owned and operated sales, consulting and property management businesses, and are very active in our local church.
On this site, you can read samples of Scott's writing, providing his unique perspective on his life with autism. Also, this project would never have happened without the diligent, hard work of our son, Timothy, who designed the site. Many thanks to him!
We hope you enjoy "Autism Lighthouse," and that it accomplishes the intent of its name - to be a beacon guiding you into port during the storm. We welcome your feedback, and hope you visit often.