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Kimberly Reeves

Kimberly Reeves, MEd, is a professor of biology at Whatcom Community College in the Pacific Northwest US. A firm believer in the value and strength of community, Kimberly has served as a board member of Families for Autism Care, Education, and Support (FACES) Northwest, a local summer day camp for children with autism in Whatcom County, Washington, has consulted with her local school district, and assists with her son’s Special Olympics activities. She provides informational support to families processing an autism diagnosis or struggling to understand and navigate their rights and responsibilities as parent advocates and guardians as outlined by the federal government. She and her son Ryan are currently co-authoring a book, Raising Ryan, and are enjoying this experience together. Kimberly welcomes questions or comments. For her book in amazon Raising Ryan: Living with Autism

How to Talk About Death With ASD Children

How to Talk About Death With ASD Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/talk-about-death-with-asd/

It is a horrible place to be as a parent, believing you have done everything in your power to help your child through a difficult time, only to discover it wasn’t enough. I’m not certain when I recognized that I let my son down, but partway through his middle school years, it became obvious to […]

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Special Mom and Son Time: Talking Heroes and Muppets

Special Mom and Son Time: Talking Heroes and Muppets https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/spending-special-mom-and-son-time/

My son, Ryan, and I reside in a medium sized outdoors-driven town just a hop and a skip south of the Canadian border. Sandwiched between Vancouver, BC to the north and Seattle, Washington to the south, our community, trying to stave off too much growth, strives to be tight-knit, which has allowed Ry and I […]

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Finding Balance As a Special Needs Parent

Finding Balance As a Special Needs Parent https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/finding-balance-as-special-needs/

The phone rings, I pick up, and a dear friend asks if I am coming to the potluck tonight. I say thank you, and I wish I could, but I am terribly swamped tonight and perhaps another time. What I don’t say is, my son is having a bad day, he is on his tenth […]

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Top Advice on How to Approach Your ASD Teen About Hygiene

Top Advice on How to Approach Your ASD Teen About Hygiene https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/approach-asd-teen-about-hygiene/

My son Ryan entered puberty way ahead of schedule, and I was caught by surprise scrambling to create strategies to help navigate his increased need for a basic daily hygiene regimen. What I needed was a buy-in from him: a plan to get Ry excited about cleanliness and a method to point him down the […]

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The Road to Independence with Special Needs Begins with a Single Step

The Road to Independence with Special Needs Begins with a Single Step https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/road-to-independence-with-special-needs/

My 18-year old stood before me, body rigid, shaking, frustrated…”I want to live on my own!” he declared. I had been asking him for the better part of the day to put away his clean laundry and empty the dishwasher, and he hit a tipping point, tired of my constant, repeated requests. It was an […]

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