Grandparents Must Be Part of the Journey

Author: Chuck Kern, TACA Grandfather When my son announced that he was naming his second son, Charlie, after me, I was very humbled and overwhelmed with pride. “Charles” has been an important name in our family tree. But many months later, my emotions turned to deep anxiety and fear when I realized that Charlie did […]

Grandparents on the Autism Journey

By Holly Bortfeld Being a grandparent is one of the most wonderful parts of life for many people. We hear “I can’t wait to be a grandparent and spoil the kids rotten” and “I can’t wait to take them fishing and teach them everything!” from prospective grandparents all the time. Enter autism. BOOM. “What do […]

Autism: It takes an entire family

by Guest Blogger:  Nancy Cook A Grandmother’s Journey Everyone talks about being a mother and how devastating it is when your child diagnosed with autism.  I bring a different perspective, that of a grandmother.  My grandson was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 3.  That day I not only lost my grandson, but I lost […]

Grandparents of Children with Autism: Top Ten Suggestions

Change Your Relationship Expectations & Provide Unconditional Love For This Child Eye Contact Might Not Happen—Don’t Expect It Hugs and Kisses Can Cause Sensory Overload for Some Children Many Children Are On A Restrictive Diet, Adhere By It—Food Does Not Equal Love Behaviors Can Be Erratic, Ignore Bad Behaviors & Praise Good Put Away Breakables […]