Today is World Autism Awareness Day …  a chance for us all to shine a light on the amazing individuals living on the autism spectrum disorder. I know one of those individuals … she’s my daughter, Emory.

I was blessed last month to be asked by Houston Family Magazine to write an article about my experience being an autism mom. I like to write, and it usually comes fairly easily for me. But this one was tough. My experiences with autism have run the gamut from crippling terror and raging anger to fall-on-the-floor laughing. Finding one of those moments to write about wasn’t easy. I settled on one from 2013 and my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. Click here to read the article.

The autism path is never one that I thought I would walk down. Hard to believe my husband and I have been on it for going on 10 years. The thing that I am most grateful for is the fact that we had her diagnosed at such a young age and were able to get critical early intervention services. Unfortunately, the average age of diagnosis is between 4-5 years of age. But, getting a child diagnosed as early as 2 years can translate into a lifetime of difference. If you are seeing any signs in your little one that they aren’t meeting milestones, visit Screen for Autism where you can find the tools and resources to get your child the support they need.

For now, I’m off to find my best blue shirt because in honor of Autism Awareness Month, we light it up blue, baby!