Autism, Childhood and the Perpetual Questions – A Sibling Speaks Up

How do the siblings of individuals with autism cope with the spectrum disorder's grip on their lives? When so much of a family's life revolves around the child with ASD, how do siblings feel about it all -- the questions from friends, having to leave parties early and a thousand other things? How do you handle going to the mosque when half of your family never comes because your brother cannot handle it and the community isn't the most welcoming? I wonder what my own two younger children feel in … [Read more...]

‘Hind’s Hands’ – New Children’s Book on Autism from Umm Juwayriyah

I just heard of a new book coming out called Hind's Hands, about "a big sister who learns coping skills to befriend and lead her younger autistic sister." Written by Umm Juwayriyah and her eldest daughter, Juwayriyah Ayed, the picture book sounds like something that will be good for my daughter to read.With all the problems Lil D is facing of late, I've been hit with some hard questions from his younger sister, Amal, likeĀ "Will Allah answer my du'as (prayers)?" and "Why does Bhai (brother) … [Read more...]