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Monday, March 30, 2020

Quarantined: Spending Time With My Adult Autistic Son

I hope you enjoy this new post I wrote for Psychology Today. It’s been quite a time staying home with Nat these three weeks!


Thank you for sharing so openly and beautifully, your heart warming and breaking story with your son , your family and centrally : yourself .

Losing most of my hearing at age 2 1/2 and becoming a single mother of my son and raising him alone; has been like being dropped into a world and a life ; I wasn’t prepared for and could not really belong – to : except the natural world , which seemed to always communicate delicately and gently- responding and inviting me to relate .

I have begun writing more since 2012 and hope to write my story and that of raising my son – whom I always felt afraid that no matter what I did ; I couldn’t conquer the never ending and myriad fears . Thank you again, from my heart and may you and yours stay sane ; well and healthy in this challenging time! ????

— added by Mary Ann Ribble on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 2:06 am

For me, the fear has been the worst part too. I am so thankful that we’re no longer in that phase with Justin. He has been a delight the last three weeks- I actually feel like we are making our connection stronger with the extra time. He seems happy, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story, glad to hear things are going well with Nat at home.

— added by kim mccafferty on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 6:17 am