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Ashley Bursian

Ashley Bursian is a stay-at-home single mother who lives in Traverse City, MI. Ari is five years old with severe autism and is essentially nonverbal. His name means “lion-eagle.” He loves music, visual stimulation, and lots of physical contact like hugs and squeezes. Ashley is currently working on attending culinary school in the near future. They have been in stable housing for the last five months.

Life in My Son’s World of Autism

Life in My Son’s World of Autism

I live in two different worlds. One, let’s call this my “home planet,” is the neurotypical, familiar, and comfortable world in which I was raised and conditioned. The other is “planet Ari,” which is the world of autism. I entered this world as an alien to autism, and have slowly been adapting to the strange […]

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