Amy Nielsen shares what inspired her to start the blog “Big Abilities” and explains her hope to help shift the mindset in families who have children with developmental disabilities to focusing on their child’s strengths in addition to their struggles.
What if all day, every day you were forced to focus on what you struggle with? What if you had to spend hours and hours trying to get better at something you have no interest in? What if the people around you were continuously talking about your weaknesses? Unfortunately, this is the space where so many children with developmental disabilities live. Continue reading “Bigger than Barclay”
Amy shares how minimizing autism strips away the hard work that a person with autism must go through on a daily basis.
My son is four and has Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. We are finally in a place where we can breath, even though its often very quick, shallow breaths. The first two years were rough. Looking back most of it is blurry and hard to recall. The mind has a kind way of often smearing our most difficult experiences. Continue reading “Please Don’t Minimize My Son’s Autism”
Amy shares how her son’s scripted speech has been helpful in him learning to speak and build his memory.
It’s 7:30 am. I am slowly drifting out of a dream. “Have you seen a boat? A boat, I saw a boat it passed by here not too long ago. Quick, follow me!” The chatter goes on for a while. I open my eyes and chuckle. From the monitor I hear my son reciting lines from Finding Nemo. I smile as I listen a few more minutes before crawling out of bed to get him up and ready for the day.