Autistic and Authentically Me!

Parents of children with autism understand that their daily experiences can prove taxing, exhilarating, or a combination of both. While a single cause has not been identified, there is the idea that neurological differencesNeurodiversity, like autism and ADHD, are the result of a normal, natural variation in the human genome. This theory is becoming increasingly supported by science. Early diagnosis, intervention, and access to quality care, in addition to a healthy support system inside and outside the home can lead to significantly improved outcomes.

We recommend our visitors first read Don’t Mourn for Us, A Gateway for Understanding Our Virtues. In it, SUNKISSED FAMILIES™ highlights Jim Sinclair’s insightful piece Don’t Mourn for Us, which encourages parents to change any negative perceptions they may have of autism, and to embrace and foster a healthy, authentic relationship with their child. Also, our contributors introduce us to pragmatic approaches in addition to research and technology that is helping to cultivate the communication skills and confidence for children with autism in our series Autistic & Authentically Me!


Jeannine Marie Lenehan,

Founder & Principal

SUNKISSED FAMILIES and the Center for Social & Emotional Health



Don’t Mourn for Us

Jim Sinclair

Parents often report that learning their child is autistic was the most traumatic thing that ever happened to them. Non-autistic people see autism as a great tragedy, and parents experience continuing disappointment and grief at all stages of the child and family’s life cycle. But this grief does not stem from [Read More]


Changing Lanes with Autism

Danielle Feerst

Rachel’s mother had grown accustomed to her own anxious feelings. After many challenging, surprising, and exciting years raising a child with autism she knew her daughter’s high school graduation day would be a joyous one, but also one riddled with uncertainty. Rachel would be entering the working-world. It is the great unknown to both Rachel and her mom, and one less likely to include the same love and empathetic life experiences to which [Read More]


News from the 2016 World Autism Conference

Alexandria Trombley

As someone who has attributed much of her young career understanding and serving individuals with autism, I thought I knew most everything there was to know about autism spectrum disorder. I understand the sensory processing difficulties experienced by some people on the spectrum and I can rattle off specific non-verbal communication deficit areas with the best of them. But like many people who work with the autism community, I forgot one very important step: talking directly to people with autism [Read More]




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