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How many shows has Oprah done on giving? A million or 2???

And, she always said something like, “Whatever you give, you will get it back tenfold.” I think she was on to something! I am one of the lucky ones to have gotten back “tenfold” what I gave. About five years ago, I created a Facebook group for parents with kids on the Autism Spectrum, called Spectrum Parents.

And, boy, the love, support and guidance I get from being part of this group is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

It has grown to over 800 members and most of us are local (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and beyond). We have some near and dear members who live in other states that came to us from Surfer’s Healing.

In Spectrum Parents, we pour our hearts out about things we can’t or won’t share anywhere else. From daily concerns like stimming and sleepless nights to bigger, more HEART-STOPPING, what am I going to do concerns like:

    Having to move and knowing the change may make your child “go into himself” for who knows how long.

    Knowing you child needs more help, guidance, and care while the school turning a deaf ear.

    Wondering if my child is going to make it in this world.

With all my heart and soul, I L-O-V-E this group. LOVE. I love that I can post at 2am about my son not sleeping and SOMEONE will be THERE for me to give me a cyber HIGH-FIVE and give me much needed support to make it through the night. I love that it is REALLY helping other parents. What I love to no-end is that we have moved off Facebook and met in REAL LIFE. Yes, REAL LIFE. 

Easter Egg Hunt (I made the paper!)
Surfing 
Coffee & Chat with The Autism Society, Tidewater Chapter
Beach Nights

Now, that we have Meet-Up, we can get together in REAL LIFE even more!!

I am over-the-top thankful for the friendships I have from this group. I KNOW that even if Facebook or Meet-Up comes crashing down one day, we will stay connected and tied together not only through our kids, but through the bonds we have created sharing, venting, and helping one another.  

Also, here is another great resource- Local Autism Events COMBINED - I have taken all the Autism/Aspergers Groups that I could find to make one collective calendar.  I am hoping it will make life easier for those of us who tend to get overwhelmed easily!  

Reach out anytime!!
Suzi

suzinoyes@williamewood.com

We're 573 Spectrum Families

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:00 PM

    Social Workshop- Moms In Motion- experts in Medicaid Waiver app process

    5 Spectrum Families attending
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 5:00 PM

    Let's JUMP at CLOUD 9

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017 1:00 PM

    Tween/Teen Social

    4 Spectrum Families attending
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017 3:30 PM

    Kid Social

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017 5:00 PM

    Young Adult Social

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:00 PM

    New Energy POWER

    11 Spectrum Families attending
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017 1:00 PM

    Tween/Teen Social

    2 Spectrum Families attending
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017 3:30 PM

    Kid Social

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:00 PM

    Young Adult Social

    3 Spectrum Families attending
  • Monday, March 20, 2017 5:00 PM

    Go Play at SKYZONE!!!

    4 Spectrum Families attending
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 5:00 PM

    Let's JUMP at CLOUD 9

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Monday, April 17, 2017 5:00 PM

    Go Play at SKYZONE!!!

    4 Spectrum Families attending
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017 5:00 PM

    Let's JUMP at CLOUD 9

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Monday, May 15, 2017 5:00 PM

    Go Play at SKYZONE!!!

    4 Spectrum Families attending
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017 5:00 PM

    Let's JUMP at CLOUD 9

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Monday, June 19, 2017 5:00 PM

    Go Play at SKYZONE!!!

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Wednesday, July 5, 2017 5:00 PM

    Let's JUMP at CLOUD 9

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Monday, July 17, 2017 5:00 PM

    Go Play at SKYZONE!!!

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:00 PM

    Let's JUMP at CLOUD 9

    1 Spectrum Families attending
  • Monday, August 21, 2017 5:00 PM

    Go Play at SKYZONE!!!

    1 Spectrum Families attending
 
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