Autism in the 1990s

By Maxine Rosaler When the psychologist who was testing our son for developmental disabilities said that his problems were “neurological” and had not been caused by “bad parenting,” as my husband and I had been led to believe by the therapist we had been seeing, autism had not yet achieved its current penetration into the American mind. People were not yet excusing minor social errors by explaining, casually, “I’m a little autistic”; nor was everyone […]

Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! #StrivingforEducationalSuccess

By Mary Ellen Bogucki As I see all the “Teacher Appreciation” posts on social media, I too share my gratitude. I think back to the beginning of our journey, a journey that began even before my daughter’s Autism diagnosis.  I had planned to write this blog about finding educational success before I even realized it was “Teacher Appreciation Day/Month!”  I wanted to share this topic, because presently, many people see my daughter, Bree and often […]

Is Recovery from Autism Possible?

by Ryan Hinds (someone who did) My mom wrote a book about my recovery from autism. How many kids have a mother who writes a book about every detail in their childhood? This is when I stand up raise my hand and uncomfortably whisper “I do.” Her book is called I Know You’re In There – Winning our War Against Autism. My mom asked me to read the book before it was published to see […]

The “A” Word—Learning Your Child Has Autism

by Leslie Rotsky Once upon a time my husband and I were afraid to utter the word ‘autism.’ We thought that merely saying the word aloud would make autism a reality for our son, Jacob. Like many parents who suspect or learn their child has autism, we were in denial big time. After denial, we experienced a period of grief. But in time we realized that whether Jacob had autism or not, our goal as parents […]

Sixteen Things I Wish I’d Known About Autism

The Road to Recovery Takes Time… Don’t Give Up Too Soon by Marcia Hinds – Ryan’s Mom eParent  has the obligation to be a forum for opinions, experiences and insights by our parent readers. eParent provides this article in the interest of respecting all points of view regarding autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Our presenting this article is not an endorsement of any of the practices, treatments or protocols described in the article. We […]

Catch a Sensory-Friendly Movie Screening at Regal with My Way Matinee

Regal Entertainment Group, a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating one of the largest theatre circuits in the United States, invites guests of all ages to enjoy sensory-friendly movie screenings with the My Way Matinee program. This is a fun, exciting opportunity for movie lovers to enjoy an entertainment experience with the lights brighter and the sound lower than in traditional screenings. My Way Matinee tickets are now available for Sherlock Gnomes, playing Saturday, […]


by Brandy Pavia Imagine having a child, a beautiful, perfect-in-your-eyes, child. A child that may not hit all of their developmental milestones at the suggested, “age-appropriate” time, but still, your perfect child, nonetheless. You start to notice as time goes by that your perfect child has a different way of viewing and navigating the world than other kids their age, and you make it your mission to provide the foundation for them to be the most […]

Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! #InsightIntoAutism

By Mary Ellen Bogucki Often times you hear the terms high functioning, low functioning, mild, moderate or severe when people talk about the degrees of severity with Autism. We too, have heard these terms used when describing our daughter, Bree. Unfortunately, these terms can cause even more misunderstanding of the disorder, as people tend to form their own opinion of what they think the term means. There was a time, Bree had no meaningful speech […]

How a Simple Visit to My Son’s Classroom Brought about a Series of Conflicting Emotions.

by Tulika Prasad I stood in the middle of my son’s classroom , watching all his classmates confident and excited, dressed as their favorite people from history. There were scientists, Presidents, Baseball players, Civil rights activists and many more. They waited at their seats until one of the parents “activated” them for them to start their speech. I then looked at my son – sitting in the farthest corner of the room, completely oblivious of what […]

Shake It ‘Til You Make It!

by Jim Turk Remember in the Empire Strikes Back when Luke decides to use his harpoon to tie up the legs of those evil walking robot things to slow them down? He didn’t “defeat” them but he DID save the rebel force. It was a real breakthrough. …And the other day I had one of my own. Now, I’m no Jedi Master (even though I sometimes think of myself as one – is that weird?), but […]