I live in the gap. I live in the gap between “normal” folks, sometimes referred to as neuro-typical and autistic folks, otherwise known as neuro-diverse. I’m not so autistic that I cannot live a fairly “normal” life, but autistic enough that everyone who meets me knows I’m different, autistic enough that many things that come easy to most are tremendously difficult for me.
I know that I am not alone.
I also know that because I live in the gap I am among the group of people who may be the most well-positioned to provide information that may eventually serve to close this gap, thus, Her Autism.
I am passionate about helping people who, like me, are living with Autism. I can’t wait to meet you and your families, to share the things I have learned about what does and does not work, about how to find rest when you are weary, and about ways to survive when surviving no longer seems possible. More than that, I can’t wait to share ways to find joy in even the hardest struggles.
I am a mom, a teacher, a mentor, a friend, a daughter, a student, and so much more, in spite of my Autism, hhhmmm…or maybe sometimes because of it! I graduated from college (with a double major) and law school, educated my own kids, worked in a variety of jobs (Adjunct Faculty at a university, HR Specialist, Senior Communications Coordinator (yes, communications!! HAHA!!), and served whole-heartedly in my community teaching and mentoring kids and their parents in a variety of subjects. I have literally defied the odds and found success in places I probably should not have succeeded.
I try to live by humbly acknowledging my weaknesses and living out my strengths.
You can too!
Her Autism is my way of connecting with you, of getting to know you, and working with you.
I lived my life trying to find ways to survive in a neurotypical world and I want to share those with you!
I know that for me doing things the ways others commonly do them doesn’t always work, and I can’t wait to show you different ways to have amazing days.
Whether you have Autism, or are caring for someone who does, I look forward to our journey together!
Hey there! My name is Emma, and I am the primary writer for the Life with Her column of this blog. I don’t have autism, but my mom does. My goal in this blog is to encourage the children of parents with autism. It can be a real struggle when one of the people with whom you are supposed to be the most connected has Autism. It can be an uphill climb at times, but the view from the top makes it worth it!
I’ve always had a passion for serving people. Through my church, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts, I have been able to teach younger kids. Whether through learning Bible verses, or riding horses, I believe that I have made a difference, and now I get to continue serving through HerAutism.com.
Thanks to homeschooling, I have managed to graduate high school a year early and to start pursuing degrees in psychology and business. I plan to go into the field of Psychology when I’m older, but I haven’t quite picked a focus yet. As of right now, I am heavily considering Children’s Psychology, because a significant portion of development begins during that age. I eventually hope to make a difference in the lives of those battling mental disorders with their loved ones, but for now, I am excited to learn and grow while collaborating with my mom on HerAutism.com.