Monday, November 28, 2011


you've been on twitter lately and following these tweets - #youmightbeanautismparentif. 

If you haven't - you should.  It's been steadily growing.  The idea for the twitter party was started by Many Hats Mommy and the hashtag was created by @RaisingASDKids.   

Honestly up until a few days ago I wasn't one for twitter.  I didn't really get it, couldn't keep up - I didn't really understand the point of the hashtag.  But since I've been participating in the #youmightbeanautismparentif twitter party, I've been a tweet freak.  I think I've come out of the Twitter closet and now ready to embrace @LaliQuin (my twitter name). 

I'm throwing out hashtags and retweeting and replying to tweets. (Ok, still working on my response time.) 

And when @HollyRod4kids retweeted ME.  I yelled out - OMG!  Because that's the kind of Twitter dork I am. 

The absolute best part of this ongoing twitter party is that I've connected with so many people, I may not have met otherwise.  I'm laughing and crying and nodding my head because the things other parents are writing I totally get.  Because it's always nice to know I'm not alone in my thoughts. 

Here are just a few of my favorites:  

@ you find yourself celebrating and heartbroken - at the same time and for the exact same reason.

@  you have to live forever. No, I'm serious. This isn't optional.

@  one moment, you feel completely alone & the next, you're a part of a large, passionate & supportive community.

@ You see a child breaking down in public and don't pass judgment on the child... or the parents.

@ you always talk like you are in a social story....."And that's ok"

@ you've read enough books on that you could practically be a doctor yourself

@ you wanted to write your own book because the ones you have are useless in your world.

@ youve accepted that NORMAL in ur house is exactly opposite of "typical" in pediatricians office


@ once child knows no Santa u watch him so he doesn't tell every small child bc "they need to know the truth too"

@ And the companion guilt: you feel guilty that your child says "I love you" when so many others don't.

@thecoffeeklatch If you want to follow the most inspirational thread on Twitter - get a kleenex and be inspired #youmightbeanautismparentif #TCK.

And here are a few of mine -

you look at pictures pre-diagnosis and wonder "Why didn't I see it?"
you have a hard time going to sleep at a reasonable hour.
#youmightbeanautismparentif you've slipped on, stepped on, rolled over on (yes, in bed) Legos
YOU know in the grand scheme of things isn't a big deal, but hate when others say, "it's no big deal"
potty training is taking years not weeks. And let's not discuss night-time potty training...
hate hearing "Oh but that's all kids" Because's really not.
Goals are the priority

Go ahead join the #YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf conversation on twitter! 

#youmightbeanautismparentif _____________________.

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.