Our ASD Journey

My twin boys were officially diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when they were 3 years old. Since then, our journey has been a roller coaster of emotions for the whole family.

I am the kind of person that likes to understand every situation before I can create an action plan, so I decided I needed to do some research on autism.

If you’ve ever tried to learn about autism, I’m sure you’ve realized how difficult it is to understand it. I learned the hard way, that it’s called “spectrum” for a reason. There is no black and white. The whole thing is a cloud of different range of colors and shades in between. Even though my kids are both on the spectrum, they are very different from each other, and it can get overwhelming, at times.

Raising kids on the spectrum can be extremely challenging, especially during the holidays. We come from a big, loud and festive Puerto Rican family. Therefore, most of our holiday traditions involve energetic music and big gatherings with lots of food.

As you know, most kids on the spectrum can’t tolerate crowds, nor loud noises, nor some foods. I am sure that you can imagine how difficult it is for us, as a family, to balance this out and make sure that everybody is happy and that they can enjoy the festivities.

After a lot of trial and error, somehow, things are starting to work out for us. We know that there are many families facing the same situations as we are. We have answered countless of questions from my nephew, who is only 4 years older than my kids and often confused about the way his cousins “treat” him.

This is why, my sister and I decided to write the book “A Christmas on the Spectrum”. We wanted to share with you how interesting it’s been to see my kids’ lifestyle on the spectrum through my nephew’s eyes.

“A Christmas on the Spectrum” is a book to enjoy as a family. Whether there is an ASD diagnosis at home, at school or in the community, it is meant to bring a positive view or outcome to face all doubts.

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