Handing Over the Reins

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Cheeks and I have been working hard to get better at our spelling to communicate, which is how his (and our) world has opened up. That has taken priority over my musings about autism parenting.

I’ve always been clear that what I write here is my story, not his. I don’t presume to know what it’s like to be autistic, and it was not my goal to represent that here. I also believe that nothing about him should be discussed without him, so everything I did write about Cheeks was always with his knowledge and permission.

With that in mind, Cheeks has indicated to me that he wants to use this platform to start teaching the world about autism and the related misconceptions many carry about what it means to be autistic. So, in the coming weeks I will be handing the reins of this blog over to his words, answering questions you have asked.

This may be sporadic. As his communication and regulation partner, it’s my job to protect his clear thinking by not pressing too hard on the emotionally difficult things. But there are also moments when he’s in the zone with his spelling energy and I know that when that happens, he would like to take the opportunity to offer his first-hand experience with autism to the world.

We’ve already begun gathering questions from friends and family, and we now open it to all readers here. What do you want to ask my wise young man about autism (or about anything else)? Use the comments section on this post, or send a private message via the “Contact” link above.

We look forward to hearing from our community!

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