Category Archives: Friendships Series

"Two Is Not Worse Than One" by Alain LeBel – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

"Two Is Not Worse Than One" by Alain LeBel – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

I have two boys:  Gaston (age 7) and Rémi (age 5).  Both are on the spectrum.  Gaston’s diagnosis was heart-breaking enough, but as my wife and I learned more about autism, it became painfully clear to us that Rémi might be autistic, too.  His diagnosis soon followed. You’d think having two autistic kids is twiceContinue Reading

Friendships Require Investment by Joe Butler – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

Friendships Require Investment by Joe Butler – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

by Joe Butler Friendships can be complicated. Especially when they involve two families, one with and one without a child with special needs. After living in New Jersey for 5 years, my wife and I, along with our 2-year-old and newborn, moved onto a college campus in Pennsylvania, where I would complete my degree overContinue Reading

"Friendship From The View Of A Woman With Autism" by Jenny Ford – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

"Friendship From The View Of A Woman With Autism" by Jenny Ford – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

by Jenny Ford This is about my view on friendships. Very hard to define friendship. There is no one right definition. Some say your only there friend after they get to know you a while, while others say your there friend right away. Friendships are difficult for me and always have been. I tend toContinue Reading

“Do You Want To Play With Me” Doesn’t Always Work by Gina St. Aubin – Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

“Do You Want To Play With Me” Doesn’t Always Work by Gina St. Aubin – Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

by Gina St. Aubin If I think friendships can be difficult for me, it’s harder for him. J wants to develop friendships. Or at least, he wants to interact. Just as he can spot airplanes far enough away that they only represent flecks companioning the clouds among the blue skies, J spots a potential playmate.Continue Reading

“Who Makes A Better Friend Than Another With Autism!” by Lynn Hudoba – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

“Who Makes A Better Friend Than Another With Autism!” by Lynn Hudoba – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

by Lynn Hudoba One of the hallmarks of autism is a deficit in social skills. Children with autism have difficulty making conversation, understanding social cues, and establishing friendships with their peers. They tend to prefer the company of adults rather than children their own age, perhaps because adult’s behavior is more predictable than a child’s,Continue Reading

"Where Can I Buy A Friend?" by Renee Beauregard – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

"Where Can I Buy A Friend?" by Renee Beauregard – Guest Post for Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

by Renee Beauregard Recently, I saw tweet on Twitter about some company where you can buy friends. As I suspected, the friends you buy there are “friends with benefits.” I was really disappointed because I actually thought the idea of buying friends was an answer to a prayer for my son. I know you mustContinue Reading

A Nearly Empty Pool of Friends-By-Design by Gina St. Aubin – Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

A Nearly Empty Pool of Friends-By-Design by Gina St. Aubin – Friendships: Struggles, Humor, Triumphs and Angels Series

by Gina St. Aubin I watch other moms around me develop relationships between them. Seemingly, it comes easily, naturally. I don’t know how much of this is true and how much is my perception of their relationships. It seems they’re almost always speaking of someone picking up another’s child, play dates, gatherings of the moms,Continue Reading