Jean Winegardner never expected to parent an autistic child. She also never imagined the emotions, hardships and complete joy that would come with it.
Some childproofing ideas are a given. With an autistic child, sometimes you have to think outside of the box. (That would be the box he is methodically disassembling.) Published 11:10 p.m. March 12, 2010 - Comments
After seeing stereotype after stereotype of autism in the media, it is refreshing to see "Parenthood's" realistic portrayal of a child with Asperger's Syndrome. Published 10:02 p.m. March 3, 2010 - Comments
When you have a child with special needs, you interact with a lot of experts. It's taken a long time for this mom to really understand that she is the top-ranking expert when it comes to her son. Published 9:56 p.m. January 27, 2010 - 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.