My son at 7-years-old. He sees the world differently. It’s my job to help him interpret it.

“Mrs. Smith, Your Son has autism.”

I still remember the day I heard those sobering, challenging and, to me, life-changing words. No day since has been the same.

As the mother of a now teenage boy who has HFA (High-Functioning Autism), I’ve committed myself over the years to learning, understanding and sharing the most effective ways to nurture, protect and prepare a child with autism. Strategies with the potential to reap great rewards for our kids. Strategies which I’ll gladly share with you.

Your diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of the world. On the contrary. Let it be the beginning to an adventure of learning, understanding and accepting. With an open heart and mind.

 The ARM Philosophy

   I believe that our children simply have a different way of being.

 I believe that positive reinforcement helps develop self-esteem.

     I believe that kids need a structured environment that supports free expression, stimulates  learning and is fun.

     I believe that hands-on experience fosters age-appropriate development.

     I believe that there’s value and dignity in all of us and that it’s our job as parents to celebrate the differences as we help our children explore and grow.                      

Whatever your reason for landing on this page, welcome! Maybe you have a loved one with an autism spectrum disorder. Perhaps you know someone who does. Or maybe you’re on the spectrum yourself. It doesn’t matter why, but I’m glad you’re here.

I’m Debora L. Smith, and I’m the mom behind Autism Resource Mom (ARM).

On these pages you’ll find autism-related  news, nutrition suggestions and book reviews — along with a helpful tip of the week.

My journey started almost 15 years ago. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything. For every struggle, a victory was to be had. For every headache, relief. For every cruel comment or stare, an understanding angel would be dropped into my life. And for every night that I cried myself to sleep, I was repaid ten-fold with poignant moments of tearful joy. And be assured that this roller coaster continues. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve come to understand that autism is not a disability, but rather a different kind of ability. As such, traditional approaches to communication, socialization, recreation and more must give way to more creative, more focused, more knowing approaches.

As my knowledge of autism has grown, other parents and families have sought my counsel. I’ve become their trusted resource. And now I can become yours.

Please visit me on my site at http://www.autismresourcemom.com.

5 responses to “ABOUT

  1. Debora,
    I’m so happy you are providing this wonderful resource for parents and educators!

  2. Debora,
    I am glad this goal is realized. Very proud of you and as alway,
    I’m proud of Drew!

  3. Great website, Debora! Having known Drew since Kindergarten I am so amazed at what he has accomplished and how well he does in high school now. Your hands-on experience and years of research are providing a wealth of information for every parent with an autistic child. I’ll certainly let every special ed teacher I sub for know about your website.

    • Thanks very much, Dorothee! As Drew’s mom, sometimes I must admit, I lose sight of the wonderful strides he’s made. It’s nice to hear an “outsider’s” view. One thing I know for certain — always accept what your kids do, then expect a little more. What a great habit to get into from the start. Acceptance with expectations. I know it has served us well. We have always appreciated your acceptance and understanding. And thanks for spreading the word about ARM!

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