Helping You Overcome the Challenges of Autism Parenting
You feel so much like you don’t know what you’re doing as an autism parent. You’re afraid that you are letting your child down. You always feel like you could be doing more. You are exhausted, burned out, and looking for answers that never seem to be there. You worry about the present. You feel guilt about the past. You stress out about the future.
You are faced with so many hurdles and obstacles, but you feel like no one is there to help you.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. And I really want to help you find a better way to live.
I know you face numerous challenges as an autism parent. I know because I’m an autism parent, too.
Who I Am As An Autism Parent
Hi! I’m Tim Tucker, and I am an autism parent. My older son, who is now nine years old, was diagnosed in March 2008. However, he had been going to a variety of therapies for feeding, speech, sensory, and developmental issues since the early summer of 2006. He is classified as ‘severely autistic.’ So I’m well into my ninth year of navigating the world of therapies and schools, the alphabet soup of acronyms, and many of the techniques and challenges that come with them.
Our younger son, now six years old, was diagnosed last year with a rare form of cancer. His prognosis is good now, but the amount of chemotherapy and other treatments he had to endure really wore him down. Needless to say, this has been a challenging past year for us, but he has gone through his treatments with the courage of a superhero, and we are so proud of him. He has taught me to take each day as it comes, enjoy the good moments, talk openly about my fears with others, and know that it’s OK to ask for help.
Personally, I have been struggling with severe, almost constant, migraine headaches for the past two years. Having these headaches has taught me endurance, patience, how to manage intense, ongoing stress, and a deep empathy for those with chronic, severe challenges.
Through it all there’s been the constant force of awesomeness who is my wife, Mary. We’ve been married nearly 13 years. We’ve seen perhaps more than our fair share of challenges, but we’ve faced each of them as a team. We call North Carolina here in the U.S. our home.
Writer, Counselor, and Most of All, Parent
I started with the blog Both Hands and a Flashlight in 2008 to chronicle our journey with autism and parenting. Since then, I’ve published over 500 posts and had hundreds of thousands of visitors. Some of these posts have been reprinted in books, magazines, and newsletters. One of them was even translated into Icelandic!
In 2013, I released my first book, I Am An Autism Parent, in limited release as a PDF to my e-mail subscribers. Just recently, I Am An Autism Parent became available for Amazon Kindle for the first time. You can download a sample or get a copy of it here. (A Kindle is not required; any device for which you can get the free Kindle app will work.)
I also received a Masters of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2001. Among the diverse range of coursework I took, I had two internships and numerous courses that involved one-on-one and group counseling and teaching centering on a variety of personal and community challenges and issues. Little did I know then that those internships and courses were preparing me for a much different set of challenges now. I work with people of a variety of religious faiths or no faith preference. My goal is always to help you right where you are.
How I Can Help and Support You
I wanted to give you a stronger sense of what resources and experience I can offer you in helping you through your own challenges as an autism parent. If anything above resonates with you, let’s talk further. No pressure or obligation. I offer 20-30 minute free initial sessions to see if we think we’re a good fit for each other. No risk, just an opportunity to see how we can work together and help you grow toward the kind of autism parent you want to be.
Just click here to open and fill out an interest form. I look forward to hearing from you and walking with you on your autism parenting journey.
Thanks for being here and for being awesome,