They say parenting is the hardest job in the world. Raising a child with special needs can be immeasurably more challenging. And while any type of support is welcome, there’s something uniquely powerful about the support from others who are experiencing, or have experienced, what you’re going through. Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we did some digging for all of you parents out there facing the challenges (and blessings) raising a child on the autism spectrum can bring – and here are the top 25 autism blogs for moms.
The Autism Blog (from Seattle’s Children’s Hospital) – They were a bit hesitant when first approached about hosting a blog. Knowing how busy their providers are seeing patients, they wondered if it would be a challenge to get blogs written for a weekly posting. That indeed has turned out to be true but given that there seems to be no shortage of topics to cover, they always find a way to make their deadline, even if it means chasing down a provider in between appointments for a few words.
The Autism Helper – The Autism Helper, Inc. is dedicated to empowering those who support individuals with Autism by providing resources, tools, and the methods to measure success. They aim to support teachers, parents, clinicians, and administrators by publishing daily blog posts at theautismhelper.com, creating curriculum resources, as well as conducting public speaking engagements and providing consultative services.
My Autism Team Blog – This is not only an great blog, it’s also a social network for parents to connect and learn and vent and inspire and anything else you need.
Autism Mom – Elizabeth is the mom to an 11-year old boy on the Autism spectrum whom they call the Navigator. Shortly after the Navigator was diagnosed with Autism, she quit my full-time job, which required a lot of national travel, to work at home and provide him structure and support. They were offered very little post-diagnosis guidance by professionals, and primarily learned on their own the best ways to support and guide their son. It is her hope that the experiences, tools, and lessons-learned offered here can be of help to others.
Embracing the Spectrum – Teresa simply sounds like the friend everyone wants. “My life is uniquely tied to autism and children with disabilities since my oldest son has autism and I also happen to work with children with all sorts of disabilities, including autism. I’m hoping that what I write here will provide support, encouragement, and awareness of autism and those who have individuals in their families diagnosed with autism. From my perspective, a child’s diagnosis of autism does not necessitate devastating thoughts, nor does it negate a child’s potential. This blog will talk about our day-to-day achievements and struggles as a family in which one person happens to carry a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Occasionally, I may also talk about work, especially when it comes to how work life impacts home life. The message I hope to deliver, though, is a big one. We are, first and foremost, a family. We experience ups and downs like any other family. No matter what happens, though, we never lose sight of love and hope in our journey through this life.”
Flappiness Is – Leigh Merryday authors this blog and she’s a teacher, school media specialist, nonprofit president, special needs advocate, wife, and mother of two young children. Her daughter, Bronwyn, is eight and has ADHD. Her son, Callum, is six and is moderately autistic. He is currently in an ESE ESE K-2 classroom (first grade) and receives speech, occupational, behavioral, and physical therapy. He is limited-verbal. This is not her family’s first journey into the world of autism and “otherness”. They have other relatives on the spectrum as well as those with ADHD, giftedness, mental illness, etc.. Suffice it to say, her posts are thoughtful, wise, helpful and inspirational.
Confessions of an Aspergers Mom – The title of this blog is spot on. Karen writes like she’s writing in a personal journal – she is confessing. It’s heartfelt, authentic, emotional, and all the feels. Read it. You won’t be disappointed.
Autism Learning Felt – Written by two moms with children of all ages, They talk life with kids with ADHD and autism, recipes, crafts, product reviews, and anything else that they want 🙂
Raising Autistic Kids – This blog is touted as a one-stop destination so that parents, family and moms can “gather” with other moms to learn, share, celebrate and cry. It might simplify your search for answers, but if all you get is encouragement, hope or a tip to make today an easier day, then, they have achieved their objective.
Autism Wonderland – This blog is no longer active, but it’s still worth a read. It’s one mom’s journey after her son is diagnosed at 2 1/2 and she feels like she’s fallen down a rabbit hole (thus, the name). Fortunately, this award-winning writer decided to start a new blog charting the newest phase of her life parenting a son with autism. You can find her at…
Atypical Familia – In 2014, Lisa launched Atypical Familia: a continuation of AutismWonderland. Atypical Familia personal family blog for autism parents. They focus on autism, special needs travel, work/life balance, family entertainment and more.
The Autism Dad – The purpose of this blog is to provide insight into the life of a single Dad raising three totally awesome boys with Autism and various other special physical/emotional needs. His mission is to show others of similar circumstance that they are not alone, while at the same time, educating the rest of the world as to what Autism families can experience on a daily basis.
A Diary of a Mom – She says it so eloquently herself – in her own words, “Hi, I’m Jess. My husband, *Luau* and I have two beautiful daughters – our thirteen year-old, *Katie* is an utterly fabulous, compassionate, generous, creative, loving high school freshman who for the life of her can’t seem to remember where she put .. well .. anything. Her little sister, *Brooke*, twelve, is an affectionate, talented, hilarious, autistic seventh grader.
I will be forever grateful to Brooke for unwittingly breaking my insular little world wide open. For allowing me — nay, forcing me — to see the beauty of difference, the light and color and startling depth of dimension in the full range of the human spectrum. For giving me the gift of a life well-lived thanks to the variety and the quality of the people in it. I owe her — and autism — more than I can ever begin to repay.
We Go With Him – Simply put, these parents are on the road with their son Charlie. The writing is a completely unique twist on the journey since she’s a classics professor and translator of ancient Greek and Latin poetry and drama and her husband is a cultural historian. You might learn much more than you expect.
All About Boog – Amanda says, “Boog is on the Autism spectrum and if you’re reading this blog, chances are you might be curious as to what that exactly means. It simply means he is a bright, loving, energetic little boy who happens to be on his own path when it comes to development. This blog is where I will put all of the information I dig up regarding Autism, language delays, nutrients, therapies, and anything else I can share.”
The Stay at Home Soprano – Sarah has yet another unique perspective on raising a child with autism. She says, “I am an opera singer, wife, mommy of 3, with my oldest having severe autism. I blog about life with autism, my hobbies (I’m kinda crafty), music, and Jesus.”
Seriously Not Boring – Jennifer has such a delightful approach to autism. As she says, “This blog is where I talk about our varied experiences; full of awe & angst, ranting & rejoicing. It is a celebration of that which makes life unique, & a quest to find meaning and even humor in the midst of the “Not Boring” (when I’m not too tired to find my funny-bone). Here you will find information, maybe some inspiration, and a lot of support. This is a place for Autism acceptance, special needs & disability advocacy, and so much more.”
Autism Mom Rants and Raves – Filled with unvarnished honesty, this blog has its soft moment and also many (as the title promises) rants and raves. Excellent for communal venting.
Another ‘Effin Autism Blog – Another good one for communal venting. Mel says, “To the world, I am a Positive Autism Mom who plays the card she’s been dealt with Grace and Humor. In truth, I can get pretty pissed off sometimes. This is where I will vent. I tend to curse. Be warned.”
Mag and Sons – Maggie has two kids with autism and some days she deals with it gracefully and other days with grunts and emotional explosions. We’re pretty sure you can identify.
One Autism Mom’s Notes – Pam Byrne is the mother of an adult son, Alex, who was diagnosed with autism in 1996, at the age of four. Since then, she has researched autism and pursued various therapies to help him reach his full potential.
Squidalicious – Shannon Des Roches Rosa’s blog tagline says it all “Parenting, Autism & Geekery.”
Anybody Want a Peanut – Yet another endearing, honest account of being a mom to a child with autism. Jennie says, “Anybody Want A Peanut? is a portrait of my life raising a preschooler on the autism spectrum. I write about day to day challenges, navigating early intervention and the school system, and all of the feelings, from the heartbreaking to the hilarious, that go along with it.”
Autism Army Mom – Sadly, this blog isn’t being updated anymore, but there are tons of old posts to sift through and enjoy. Check out her “ungraceful, unhinged, and unwilling” experience being drafted into the “autism army.”
Love That Max – What’s better than this blog’s tagline? “A blog about kids with special needs who kick butt.” Ellen is eloquent, authentic, inspiring and will make your eyes more than teary many times.
Do you know of any other autism blogs for moms? Please share them in the comments! And please share this post with other parents you know who are raising a child on the autism spectrum.
“For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. In order to do so, ability to make and keep friends is a must. Amongst those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society needs to create for them,” Bill Wong, Autistic Occupational Therapist