Raising an Extraordinary Person was founded in August 2017, and was created for two reasons:
1. To advocate for inclusion, raise awareness, and educate others about ASD, with the goal of increasing acceptance.
2. To offer strategies and advice that will help parents and children with everyday tasks that generally present as a bigger obstacle for children with ASD.
Who Am I?
I am a mom of three. In early 2017 my oldest son was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. Following his diagnosis, he was dismissed from the daycare he had attended for 5 years, and his school days were reduced to 2 hours as part of his IPP. I was left with no choice but to leave my job, and become a stay at home parent in order to provided him with the support he needed.
I spent the first few months at home using every spare moment I had to educate myself about everything there was to know about Autism and parenting. I read several books and did online research. I also completed a 16 week parenting course about using positive parenting techniques during challenging behaviours in children with ADHD, ODD, ASD, etc. My relationship with my kids has improved significantly over this time.
In July, I got this crazy idea to start a blog. I have learned so much I thought maybe I could write about it, and help out other parents too. This is when Raising an Extraordinary Person was born.
I hope you will join me on this wild ride, I am still learning as I go, and I want to share that with you.