Thursday, March 31, 2011

You Made It!!!!!

I’m so excited you’re here!

April is Autism Awareness month and to celebrate the Graham family sent out Autism Speaks lapel pins to our friends and family all across the country. We want to do our part to raise awareness on behalf of our son JD. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by! If this is your first time here then you’ll quickly see that this isn’t the normal, “my son has autism and I’m so sad about it” blog – this is a place where we celebrate our son’s accomplishments and share what it’s like to have a child on the autism spectrum.

Most of you know that JD was diagnosed with autism almost exactly a year ago. I won’t lie and say that the road has been easy – we’ve had our ups and downs – but we know that the best thing we can do is stay positive and focus on the future instead of worrying about the past.

Since his diagnosis, JD has spent more than 800 hours in therapy, and that doesn’t even include the time we’ve spent at home with him doing 1:1 work! He’s made AMAZING progress and we’re so proud of him. A year ago he was a frustrated little guy, unable to communicate his needs and overwhelmed by the world around him. Now he’s happy, engaged and eager to learn.

You may ask what YOU can do to support families with autism – that’s an easy! Sport your pin during the month of April… you’ll be surprised how many people will stop you to talk about their connection with autism. Nowadays it seems like everyone has been touched in some way by this disorder.

On my blog this month I’ll be covering topics that always seem to come up in conversation. Here’s a few on my list…How did you know your son had autism? Do you feel like it was caused by immunizations? What’s the difference between autism and aspergers or is it the same thing? If you have any questions that you’d like answered, I’d love to hear from you! Just email me at I hope you enjoy reading my blog, it’s been a wonderful way to share our journey with the people that support us each day!

Here's a picture of the cards and pins we sent out! And a picture of me in my blue shirt on April 1st - Light it up Blue Day!

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