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Mar 08, 2022

For this episode, we share with you another Maryland parent and fellow autism mom, Lia McCabe, who started which seeks to fulfill the wish lists of families across the country without all of the red tape of government programs. She and her husband also host a podcast called Embracing Autism, which is child focus and helps parents to understand and embrace their neurodiverse children. Give it a listen, follow, and subscribe to support their mission of helping families in the face of fear and the unknown. 


We talk about:

Neurodivergent parenting

Empathizing with sensory needs

The formation of Autism Wish and the Embracing Autism Podcast

Accepting behaviors that are harmless

How IQ testing is not designed for children who are non-verbal

Maintaining a positive perspective

Growing to understand that a diagnosis doesn't mean future dreams are gone

Lia’s website

Autism Wish


Autism Wish Facebook Page


Lia’s Recommended Books


More Than Words: A Parents Guide to Building Interaction and Language Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties by Fern Sussman


The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida


Other books mentioned

Autism Breakthrough by Raun K. Kaufman

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate and Learn by Sally Rogers