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The Internet Isn't a Total Time Waster (Most Days)

Most days when I'm on the computer, I'm playing around with Words w Friends on Facebook or catching up on blogs. Then there are days like today and yesterday where I spent a majority of my time looking up serious stuff. Having a child on the spectrum puts you constantly on the never ending search for resources, ideas, people to connect with. Some days you feel so alone and other days, you wish you *were* alone. My aunt has always been interested in Aspergers ever since Donovan was diagnosed. She's done so much research on her own and it always makes me feel so great knowing that she kinda gets it. Clearly no one, even someone with an ASD kid, gets our situation. To say the kids are all different is an understatement of gigantic proportions. At any rate, she messaged me on Facebook the other day asking if I had ever been to this particular website. I hadn't but checked it out because she has a good eye for finding information that I haven't found.

My Autism Team is just what our family needs right now. Donovan is at an age where he would love to have playdates with other kids. He's at the age where I'm nervous about playdates with other kids. You never know what will happen. This website is a social networking site for ASD families. You can search for families like yours, in or near your area. You can send messages to other families, ask people questions, post about your day, etc. The best part, besides connecting with like families of course, is Your Team. You can input the names of your child's doctor, therapist, care facility and put them on your team list. I currently have just one team member but I'll be working on adding more. You can see the other team lists as well. So if I needed to find someone for Donovan, in our area, in a specialized field, I can look at other team lists and ask about those providers. I'm looking forward to learning more and more about this website and the great families I've connected with already.

One day, Donovan will have his playdates. With kids like him, same interests, some different but by golly, it's going to be a great time because Mama *will* make it happen. I encourage other families with ASD kids (no matter the age! One mom I've connected with has a 22yo son on the spectrum) to check out My Autism Team. Maybe it will work for you, maybe it won't. It doesn't hurt to look right?

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