What is Autism?

Autism is a unique way of thinking, problem-solving, interacting, and learning.  Individuals on the autism spectrum can have varying aptitudes for unraveling puzzles, creating color-filled, dynamic masterpieces, and applying focus and concentration to very specific areas of interest and curiosity.  

Gifts unfold and blossom.

understanding autism

Autism is a complex ability*, typically emerging during childhood years.  Autism has a spectrum of aptitudes, which makes each individual’s communication, thinking, and perception of the world their own.  As with all abilities it is paramount to be on the journey with the person, rather than to assume the person’s needs and desires.   * changing the language in how we talk about autism is our first step to creating a more empathic understanding.

Creating a more empathic understanding of autism is vital work because of the negative stigmas that historically surround our individuals on the spectrum.  Our first step is to shift the language so each individuals’ gifts unfold and blossom. 

This shift is also crucial for our parents and care partners, because according to Autism Speaks, a parent with a child on the autism spectrum, pays an estimated $60,000 each year, to meet the needs of their child’s therapies, special services, childcare and their own lost wages.   Autism Speaks, also reports that mothers of children with autism often serve as the child’s sole advocate for school and life and are more likely to work at home, earning considerably less than mothers with neurotypical children.  

Changing the language in how we talk about autism is our first step to creating a more empathic understanding.


In 2013, the American Psychological Association (APA) stomped-out old, tattered language used to label individuals:  autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder (not otherwise specified) and Aspbergers syndrome.   Today, individuals are referred to as having autism or being on the autism spectrum. 

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism.  The diagnosis is often terrifying and confusing for parents because of the stigmas that are often associated with autism.  Rightfully so, because according to Autism Speaks, nearly ⅓ of people with autism are non-verbal, which can open doors for bullying at school and/or work, anxiety, depression, and more.   Additionally, autism contributes to chronic sleep  problems, causes some gastrointestinal disorders, and creates delays in developing social understanding of cues and communication. 

Why Choose the Confident Parent Collective?

There are many reasons why parents choose the Confident Parent Collective. Here are just a few:

Expert advice: Amanda is an experienced parenting coach with over 10 years of experience. She is passionate about helping parents raise confident and well-behaved children.

Personalized support: Parents work with Amanda individually to develop a personalized plan for their child's behavior. This ensures that parents get the support they need to achieve their goals.

Community: The Confident Parent Collective is a community of parents who are committed to helping each other. Parents can connect with each other and share their experiences.

If you’re struggling with  what to do when your child has a behavioral problem, or are looking for help with how to deal with a disruptive child at home, the Confident Parent Collective is the place for you.


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