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We know all about autism awareness.

We want action. Life with autism is 365 days, 24/7…

These are various posts  I shared in social media. They reflect the reality of many families. For many it’s been the same or worse for 10+ years. The media rarely reports on these matters.

Do share!


Act today! I know you are aware…
Reach out to those around you in similar circumstances…
Autism survival is tough, we can’t do it alone…

Read on…

My respect to the families doing their best with their adults and the severity of the diagnosis = in diapers, self aggression, sick, weakened immune system, encephalitis, OCD…
Read this father’s reality…. Share his story, he seeks help!


Wandering… the biggest fear in any household raising/protecting/caring for/surviving a child/adult in the spectrum.
They move fast, stealthy, quiet, they may or may not know what they are doing.
At the grocery story, my daughter who is apparently aware of consequences, she moved away for 5 seconds (right before I told her I need you by my side as I’m paying at the register). 
I breathed, did not scream, just called her name and she was right by the entrance of the store.
She called out for me and there I was.
I hugged her, then gave her the third degree. I reminded her of the negative consequences. I reminded her I want her safe and it is a tough job and she must help me.

We survived it. She is fine.  12hrs later I asked her to write 5 sentences (see the pic). 

Her thought process in the raw and to me obvious we still have tons to keep working on.
My respect to her reading coach – last year she was not able to do this!!! Something super good out of this…

My respect to the families that have children/adults that are non verbal. Your home does not have to become a jail but safety is #1. There are steps to take and I request you use the resources available in your community, online – no need to do this alone.

Community — this is hard, we need help.




Many parents heard these exact words from many professionals in the field… still occurs today!

Parent, if you’ve ever been told this fallacy – report the doctor to the American Academy of Pediatrics 
American Medical Association (AMA) 
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 

This is not professional. It is unacceptable. Not every case is the same. Not every family is the same.


sit down plz!!!
Neurofedback therapy can cost $250-300 per week!!! OUCH…
Eval/Assessment $500-1000+ – not included!

Most times, not covered by insurance!


Love, expressing it in different ways


Don’t you ever doubt… I have the pleasure of knowing Robin and Ann Millan — the utmost respect for both… Be inspired, don’t doubt, research, act…
Read thru this… all of it…




Sad outcome – Missing Teen in the spectrum was found dead



Power of unconditional love

‘Cause, we the parents make it happen!


Watch the documentary – My Kid Is not Crazy

A search for hope in the face of misdiagnosis




Many children/adults wake up after 1-2hrs of falling asleep — with sweaty head, night terrors, screaming, sleepwalking, jumping, in a different realm, speaking gibberish, some aggressive — 
It is scary. As a parent, we feel no control…

Tonight first time in 6+ yrs, my daughter’s, now very brief wake up session – head not as sweaty and she fully verbalized a thought – I guess she was dreaming — she was shaking, she looked concerned — 
She said: “I just released the sea creatures… so they can be happy”
I told her – you are being a great explorer. Kissed and sang to her and she fell asleep —

This is huge… a clear thought… full of meaning – 
She may not remember this tomorrow AM. I’ll ask her…


I am a featured guest in the Autism Town Hall Meeting produced by WEDU PBS in Tampa. Sooo honored!

* Event I organized – Autism and Employability – great resources here!


Event I organized Autism and Legal Matters
* Many resources in the link– If you have a teen, please start reading about this now! Do not wait!


Autism, anxiety, overstimulated senses = reality = afraid/not being able to enjoy a movie



The day my child stops going thru these outrageous situations… 
yes, the kind that proves awareness is not real… I will stop these posts…

One day to promote awareness is not enough… 
#autismawareness everyday!
Help my kid forget this ever happened! Be her voice… share… 
 No teacher should ever scream!



Interaction with Teacher Chris – Special Books by Special Kids —

Thomais is diagnosed with autism. She quickly hid inside a cabinet when I entered the room.

Instead of forcing Thomais out I sat on the floor and talked to her and a beautiful interaction followed.




I make this request because I’ve heard horror stories of families that have been fleeced, used, manipulated by unscrupulous individuals who sought to gain from desperation and need. Simply, they saw an opportunity to easily profit and took it. Buyer beware!

Domestic violence occurs in many households… Talking about it it’s not easy. This mom with two boys with special needs finally opens up.
After so much pain, she’s alive, healing and building her happy kingdom.

Lalita Tooley is a Mexican mother of two special children, Connor, her eldest son who was born with down syndrome and Jack, her youngest son who has autism. Like any other woman, her dream was always to be able to form a family with the man she loved, the father of her children, but that dream disappeared after the birth of her second child.
Tooley claims that her husband could not bear to see that his two children were disabled children, which led him to take a despot attitude toward her, which later became physical and psychological abuse.
Eight years after being a victim of domestic violence and a restraining order against her former partner, Tooley is dedicated to caring for her children and other children with special needs, as well as giving support talks to empower parents with special children .
According to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the United States every minute, 20 people suffer from domestic violence by their partners, which is equivalent to more than 10 million victims a year.



Best message I ever received from two developmental pediatricians… Autism is medical they said!

I did not know what they meant then. Like minded families have guided our path…
No more teeth grinding. No more monthly sickness. No more barking cough. No more grumbling tummy. 
Still mild sweaty head. Still sensory issues.
Major improvements in behavior I mean MAJOR!!!
Read a lot. Ask questions. Address the medical issues and your child will come back. 
I keep at it…





So proud of my friend E and her daughter M. —

M. picks her eyebrows, armpits and more when OCD is raging.

She’s not a kid anymore. She knows what she’s doing yet she cannot control herself.

Parental power in action —

They tell M  –  you hurt yourself, we are sad, we help you. If you keep picking your hair we’ll put the phone in the trash.

M reacts by turning her head.

Time passes, M picks her eyebrows.

Mom E throws phone in the trash.

Major reaction from M and verbalizes awareness of what she’s done.

She’s asked: What will happen if you pick your eyebrows?

She answers: Phone in the trash.

Every family finds a solution to their reality.

Tough love works. It is not easy. It takes time to see results. But it works.



Video of my daughter after arguing, crying, losing all calmness — she insists 9+9=0 because that is what ST Math says.
She needs to be taught how to learn!!!


A mom writes:   My 19 month old is non verbal and a head banger. I am awaiting his evaluation but gosh this is so hard…he screamed for 3 hours straight today while knocking over everything he can and hitting himself. His anger is worsening by the day and it’s just me and my son all day everyday while my husband is off and home about 1 day a week. Does anyone have any calming mechanisms? It seems like all he does is scream and rage all day nothing I’m doing is helping him and Ive cried so many tears. Anyone go through the extreme anger fits with a toddler?

MY NOTE:  A 19 month old without a history of psychiatric issues in the family should not head bang, should not have anger fits. I have learned, there are medical issues behind these behaviors. There are medical solutions to address it. Early intervention is key!  Around 19 mths, my daughter also had a brief period of head banging and screaming fits at 11pm-1am. It did not last long thank goodness.

Interesting info here:

Treat Autism CA

Autism Research Institute

MEDICAL COMORBIDITIES IN ASD = one of the best sources!


April 19 at 7:05am ·  2017
Things are.much better now 
Health and behaviors 
Tons to do
Parents do your homework , there are many ways to address the medical symptoms our children endure, suffer from

April 19, 2014 · 

The helplessness.. impotence. .. lack of control… sadness. .. frustration… etc…  We experience daily with our children and the diagnosis of autism is sooo overwhelming. .. 
Give me the good days… the bad ones I say… F .. k U autism!!!!!!

Action now… I demand answers to address the medical issues affecting my daughter’s behavior


Disabled girl denied class trip to Disneyland

Family was told bus did not have wheelchair lift

MY NOTE:  We experienced the same last year —

One more time, I witness a reaction to my pointing out my kid is not included, my kid is not accepted. It is too obvious and I notice.  My daughter needed to be with her classmates and other 2nd grade students on that stand, belting it away, being a part of a school event. Mrs. Urban, thank you for letting me know now that she’s very advanced in your class. That is a real Mother’s day present. Yet, she’s not a 4th Grader, she’s not in choir. She’s a 2nd grader who participates in two different classroom dynamics because that is what she is needs: a least restrictive environment.

You told me 3+mths ago that Thomais had changed so much, improved so much and you were very proud of her. Yet, the opportunity was missed to show your pride as a teacher and confirm that  United We Soar! as the school proudly exclaims every time.  There is no soaring… There is no united and all of you know it. School and district administrators and the FLDOE are fully responsible for this mess; because there is no directive guaranteeing these absurdities will not take place in 2016.

But, they keep happening!




We must talk about it… Parents must become the first line of safety in their kids’ life. A lot must be read. Parents must accept what their child/teen/adult can or cannot understand. Request a social story from the organizations that are supposed to help. Above all, remain cautious and communicate to the best of your abilities the concept of body awareness, physical safety.

Read this — Two child sex offenders explain how they picked their targets

I did this video last year – Talk for the Voiceless Now!




In Florida and other states

1. YOUR child may be removed from school
2. Transported to a psychiatric facility
3. Held for up to 72 hours WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT OR KNOWLEDGE!

Click the link, read, act:


And tons more takes place…

Many families celebrate the huge and small successes.

Many families suffer in silence.

Thank you for your support. Share our stories throughout the year, not only in April!

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WEDU PBS Autism Broadcast: Yadira Calderon Is A Featured Guest!

I thank everyone who is making these opportunities possible.

Town Hall — my intervention, segments from Autism and Employability parent panel —   min. 23:28 – 29:04 and min. 48:38 – 49:14

Webcast – min. 4:04 – 4:39


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#Autismisnotscary at the Women’s March!

As a parent, I realize I must constantly open more doors to assist the process of understanding what life can be about…  With a diagnosis like autism, on any given day, it can be so challenging to help your offspring understand the meaning of different situations we can witness. Today was a breeze. Today was all about being connected and wanting to be a part of the world.

Our presence at the Women’s March in St. Pete FL was so enriching, exciting.

Our sign said:



My daughter was all ready to ask for pictures, to raise her megaphone voice and say it – Autism is not scary!

97% of those present, who engaged her, more than agreed. High fives were exchanged, thumbs up and pictures were taken. Or she squarely requested, people read my sign!!

The greatest affirmation we were at the right place… the number of people who acknowledged their first hand understanding of our message because they had a child, relative in the spectrum. Some were there, others could not or were not able to handle a crowd, the over stimulation, etc. And they understood and they thanked us for being there, for our message. Others simply agreed and said it is about time someone said it.

Powerful words from a young teacher (special needs classroom) approached us, took a picture and said: “I am so proud of you bringing your child. Sharing your reality. Above all, living life and confirming having a child in the spectrum is not a death sentence.” I smiled, thanked her and we moved on because more people wanted cutie’s picture.

I asked Thomais what was her favorite part of the day and she said everything.

Thank you to all the individuals, families, mothers, fathers, husbands, children present. This event should be held yearly!

Our day ended perfectly with the powerful voice of a local singer, delighting us with his version of “Imagine” by John Lennon —

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Read more: John Lennon - Imagine Lyrics | MetroLyrics

And it is up to us to make the world be as one… because Autism is not scary!

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All about empathy and respect…

A diagnosis of autism carries the stigma that individuals in the spectrum are not capable of showing empathy or understanding emotions.

But even in the depth of a massive regression at 2.5yrs old, I could find those moments where my child demonstrated an understanding of emotions — very basic for her age yet it happened.

Now at 8.5 yrs, Thomais is in full grasp of emotions, what they mean, how to handle them. The curiosity to understand others and their existence is intense.

One year ago, she saw homeless people and immediately she asked why were they living/sleeping on the street. I kept the explanation basic and reminded her, just because they don’t have a home does not mean we can’t be considerate.

For months, I heard about the experiences, the homeless, more questions. I kept the message consistent.

Christmas time is here and as she continues to ask about various topics, homelessness included, I let her know we could visit a shelter that helps those who need the support.

She agreed and asked: “but what do they need, we must bring something.”

I said correct, they need a lot of what you have.

She said toys, I said No. Just the basics like shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.

It was agreed her funds would be used to purchase the goods.

I contacted various reporters and Mark Wilson from FOX 13 News recommended we visit Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP) in Clearwater.

Lo and behold our tour took place. We met the founder, Barb Green and our host Ashley Lowery, Director Comm and Devt.

Thomais was extremely curious. The kitchen/dining hall and the Thrift Store were her favorite places.

We gave words of support to each other.

I thanked them for the opportunity to allow my child to learn about aspects of life she is not exposed to — yet, at her young age, she has already learned about rejection based on her behaviors and reactions. I reminded them that as a parent, I refuse to have her grow up rejecting others because they look or behave different.

They thanked me for being proactive and willing to do things differently.

Another seed has been planted. It will be watered, conditioned, treated with more love. She will let us know in due time what the fruit will be and how she’ll share it.



  • HEP is a self-sustained community – Families, Veterans, Singles – all benefit from their services. Doctors, nurses, dentists, Professionals in various fields can volunteer. Donations are needed  (details in the website).
  • We’ll return end of January – help in the dining hall! Join us!!
  • I am a parent. I trust my instinct. My past experiences – good and bad – and wonderful people around us guide most of the decisions I make with my daughter.

Find HEP on the Internet!



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