6 of Our Favorite Autism Spectrum Parenting Blogs

Mother and daughter (8-9) doing arts and craftsNavigating the world of parenting children who have mental health issues can have an alienating effect on parents. Some issues are backed by so little research that it can be extremely difficult for parents to find resources and a network of people who can relate to their reality. Luckily, the Internet has made it much easier to find others who are not only having similar experiences, but also talking about them and offering wisdom.

Autism is a topic many people have taken to forums and blogs to discuss. For parents, either of children who have received a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s, or who have a mental health issue themselves, blogs can be an enormous source of relief and camaraderie.

Autism spectrum issues are often identified or diagnosed when children are very young, and parents may notice problematic behavior or learning difficulties very early in a child’s life. But while some indications are common, no parent’s experience will be the same as another’s. One blogger, Stuart Duncan, says, “Having a child with autism can mess with your head: You feel like you can move mountains for them, yet you’re powerless at the same time.”

Read on to learn about six of our favorite bloggers in the realm of parenting and autism:

Autism and Oughtisms

Written by a mother of two sons in New Zealand, Autism and Oughtisms covers everything from politics and current events related to mental health issues, to the ethics of diagnoses. She discusses the complexities of communication in her 8-year-old with autism, as well as the day-to-day struggles of mainstream education. Each post is incredibly insightful, probing the ways we generally view mental health issues in children and the support available for those with autism. The author says her blog “will sometimes be depressing, sometimes uplifting, but hopefully always interesting. Much like autism.”

Autism Daddy

“Kyle” is an 11-year-old boy with autism and epilepsy. Avoiding prescriptive language, Kyle’s father writes about how to make hospital visits go smoothly, teaching Kyle to swim, getting an autism service dog, Kyle’s experience using an iPad, and much more. Autism Daddy is a matter-of-fact look at the everyday impact of autism on a family—a mix of hard truths and trial and error, all with a dose of humor.

Autism from a Father’s Point of View

Author Stuart Duncan has been diagnosed with Asperger’s; he writes about his own fatherhood as well as his son’s autism. Duncan addresses global issues related to autism—bullying, misunderstanding in the media, and ignorance—as well as his own campaigns to raise awareness of autism. Through a community on a Minecraft server, Autcraft, and a strong social media presence, Duncan spreads messages of hope and a greater acceptance of individuals with autism. After all, he writes, “Autism is not a disability; it’s a different ability.”

Bubbles Make Him Smile

Located in Canada, this mother avidly documents her activism efforts to raise awareness and recognition of autism. Her son, Bryce, was diagnosed with autism when he was almost 3; she started blogging when he was 8. Gems from Bubbles Make Him Smile include a great list of smartphone apps suitable for kids with autism and the author’s favorite online learning tools for her child.

Confessions of an Asperger’s Mom

Karen has three boys, one of whom has been diagnosed with Asperger’s, and another of whom has unspecified issues on the autism spectrum. She writes candidly about their family experiences, her sons’ anger, and her own frustrations and joy in advocating for their needs and learning about Asperger’s and autism.

Different Kinds of Normal

The author of Different Kinds of Normal, Michelle Sutton, has contributed to The Huffington Post and has numerous blogs about different aspects of her family life. Different Kinds of Normal covers her children’s neurodiversity—two of her eight family members have autism; another two have bipolar. Sutton’s own take on mental health issues is not unlike The GoodTherapy.org mission and vision; her “About” section explains, “Michelle believes that bipolar and autism are not illnesses or disorders (even though that is what they are labeled diagnostically); rather they are just variations on the wide spectrum that is normal human neurology.”

Diary of an Imperfect Mum

From the title alone, it’s clear that the author of Diary of an Imperfect Mum serves up her anecdotes and musings with a touch of humility. Catherine Heemskerk mentions that she lives in Holland with her two children, whom she is raising to be bilingual. Her honest writing covers all kinds of topics related to autism, including current events and the learning curve of learning two languages with autism.

Love these blogs? Want to see more? Add your suggestions in the comments! If you’d like to see your blog featured, please email inquiries@goodtherapy.org. If you don’t have a blog, but would like to share your experience of mental health issues or parenting, check out our Share Your Story feature!

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  • Jolie

    July 31st, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    awww I bet these are so sweet!
    So many times all we hear about are the hardships faced by parents with kind son the spectrum, and I know that those messages are relevant too, but it is nice to often see things from another point of view too, and it looks like many of these will offer that

  • Candace

    July 31st, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I am looking forward to visiting the blog written by the autism daddy. There are so many female persepctives on thsi issue, all about being a mom etc to a child who has autism but we rarely hear from the male perspective and so I think that this will be very interesting.
    I think that there are probably a lot of parenting situations where men feel like they don’t have the same voice as the moms, they just somehow feel like it is best for them to stay in the background and while we know that this is not true this is the role that they feel like they have been relegated to. So to have a forum for the men to be heard about the difficulties and the triumphs of raising a child with sutism should be very interesting.

  • genny

    August 1st, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Any of these sound like they would offer so much encouragement and hope to any parent who is having to deal with this with their child. You want to do anything that you can to help them out but at the same time there have to be times that having advice from others could help you out just knowing that there is someone else out there going through the exact same things that you and your family are.

  • Jordana

    August 2nd, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    cute title- autism and oughtisms

  • Bryan

    August 4th, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    I took a look at some of these and thought that many could offer the kind of words that will be very encouraging and supportive for families who live with thsi through their child.
    It can at times be disheartening to see your child in a situation that you don’t understand and that he or she is having a difficult time navigating, but when you have support like this on the front lines it helps you realize that there are others living the same thing that you are and that there is hope out there for things to improve and to change.

  • Chloe P

    December 23rd, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    Autism is a curse to our society and the most sad thing about it is lack of proper treatment for this. Parents with autistic child feel down and the people around them feel uneasy to talk to them or to the patient. The situation is really unpleasant for the both ends. The most effective way of treatment for autism is hyperbaric therapy where the patient was kept in a high oxygen pressure chamber and thus normalize the oxygen content of the blood of the patients. I will surely go through the blogs documented here to find if there are other treatments for ASD.

  • manzarm

    March 5th, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    nice and informative blog.

  • mcook

    March 18th, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    I was searching for information relating to parenting kids on the spectrum and this is a good list of quality blogs. However, I was disturbed to see autism frequently referred to as a mental health issue. It is a neurological disorder. There are certainly mental health issues that come with autism, but it is not in and of itself a mental health disorder. Please remember this. Our kids have enough stigma attached to them as it is.

  • Erika J

    September 15th, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    I have been taking CBD oil from hemp for about 2 weeks and am surprised that like my friend told me, my aches and pains would get less – and they have. My friend is giving it to her child with autism and she has seen life changing benefits including her son’s first spoken word. Does anyone else have experience with CBD oil? Can it be this simple? Thanks.

  • LM

    November 29th, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Hi! I am a mother of a 3 1/2 year old who was diagnosed with mild autism spectrum disorder. He was receiving ABA therapy and is now in a special school program. He is doing well but I want to do more. Has anyone tried a gluten free (and/or dairy free diet) for their child?

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