Jenin Autism Project – A Word from Our Mothers

My friend Kitti South has come back to the U.S, but Melissa Diamond and the rest of the team are still in Jenin, in the West Bank of the Palestinian territory for the next few months working on “The Jenin Autism Project,” part of “A Global Voice for Autism.” They are there to help parents learn about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and help connect them to other autism resources as well as building their own supportive network. They are blogging their experiences here to share their … [Read more...]

Deserving Respect

holding-on

So many things are different now. So many. And though I know that parenting is a journey, and we learn from our early selves and fine-tune our methods as the years progress, that we make many mistakes, and that sometimes mistakes need to be made for us to learn and grow – but that doesn’t lessen the guilt or heartache that I wish I had known then what I know better now. That as important as it is to teach Lil D how to do things he doesn’t very well want to do, or navigate … [Read more...]

The Jenin Autism Project – Families Gain Key Insights in How to Help Their Children

Hanaa* and Masa*, two sibling support group participants and their mothers, along with Melissa Diamond

My friend Kitti South Robinson along with Melissa Diamond are in Jenin, in the West Bank of the Palestinian territory for the next few months working on “The Jenin Autism Project,” part of “A Global Voice for Autism.” They are there to help parents learn about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and help connect them to other autism resources as well as building their own supportive network. They are blogging their experiences here to share their efforts in figuring out how to best help … [Read more...]

God Bless You, Sweet Boy

Avonte

"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you." -- from Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne For me, the quote would go like this: "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred plus one more day, so you'll never have to live without me." This sentiment has been expressed in so many essays, in so many conversations, in so many unspoken, up-all-night worry sessions by parents of special needs children. We want our … [Read more...]

The Jenin Autism Project – Meet Our Autism Families

Melissa standing between Aseel* and Fatima*

My friend Kitti South Robinson along with Melissa Diamond are in Jenin, in the West Bank of the Palestinian territory for the next few months working on “The Jenin Autism Project,” part of “A Global Voice for Autism.” They are there to help parents learn about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and help connect them to other autism resources as well as building their own supportive network. They are blogging their experiences here to share their efforts in figuring out how to best help … [Read more...]

Do You ‘Mawlid’ One Day, One Month or All the Time?

Prophet Muhammad love

We trotted out an old classic this past weekend in our home – The Message, directed by Moustapha Akkad in 1977, and gathered mine and my sister-in-law’s children for a viewing. Being that it’s the month of Rabi’Awwal, which is considered to be the birth-month of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), my sister-in-law thought it would be a good way to reintroduce our kids to his message and his struggles in bringing Islam to the world. I remembered watching this film as a child myself, and how … [Read more...]

The Jenin Autism Project – The Reason We Are Here

Discussing the project on Zain FM

My friend Kitti South Robinson along with Melissa Diamond are in Jenin, in the West Bank of the Palestinian territory for the next few months working on “The Jenin Autism Project,” part of “A Global Voice for Autism.” They are there to help parents learn about autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and help connect them to other autism resources as well as building their own supportive network. They are blogging their experiences here to share their efforts in figuring out how to best help … [Read more...]


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