Jean Winegardner never expected to parent an autistic child. She also never imagined the emotions, hardships and complete joy that would come with it.
A new study shows that the adult autism rate is the same as that of children. Does this mean that there is an increase in autism diagnoses but not an increase in the number of people with autism? Published 12:34 p.m. May 6, 2011 - Comments
Social skills groups teach my son with autism so much about how to interact with others, but nothing beats the 24-hour-a-day social skills lessons taught by his brothers. Published 11:55 a.m. April 26, 2011 - Comments
Current statistics say that 1 in 110 children has autism. What is the responsibility of mainstream parenting magazines to publish information about the disorder? Published 11:36 a.m. March 25, 2011 - Comments
From "American Idol" to "Parenthood," real-life people and characters with autism are popping up all over television. How much do these portrayals tell us about what it is really like to live with autism? Published 11:19 a.m. March 18, 2011 - Comments
Sometimes children on the autism spectrum are as vastly different from each other as they are different from typical kids. Mark Osteen's "One of Us" details life with a child severely affected by autism. Published 8:51 a.m. March 10, 2011 - Comments
Introducing Lucy, our new 10-year-old guest columnist at Autism Unexpected. Join the conversation and discover a young autism perspective through her new, interactive column. Published 9:53 p.m. February 27, 2011 - Comments
When Jean had her first child in 2001, "autism" was about the scariest word she could think of. Six years later when her second child was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, a form of autism, she was just happy to have a ...Read More
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When Jean had her first child in 2001, "autism" was about the scariest word she could think of. Six years later when her second child was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, a form of autism, she was just happy to have a word to help him get the services he needed. Her autism journey has been full of tears, laughter, love and at least one attorney.
Jean blogs about her life with her autistic son, Jack, on her blog, Stimeyland. Her two neurotypical children, Sam and Quinn (one older, one younger than Jack), make frequent appearances there as well. Also at Stimeyland? Jean's quirky sense of humor.
She also runs AutMont, an events calendar listing autism-related events in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Raising a child with special needs is hard for so many reasons, but after living with Jack, Jean wouldn't trade him for anything in the world. Come along with Jean as she experiences the joys that come with parenting a special kid.