I had the pleasure of interviewing, Maria Davis-Pierre this week, a Florida-native, licensed therapist, and mom of a child on the autism spectrum. I went into the interview thinking we’d do it in 10-12 minutes, that I’d have all the questions and boom that would be a wrap. I was wrong, naive and apparently ignorant to all that parents with children on the spectrum undergo and I am so grateful to have done this interview with not only a therapist but also a therapist who first-hand knows what moms may be facing. The interview is an audio clip of our discussion together. Although originally intended to be a video my quality just wasn’t great and since here we are mostly a bunch of moms, we understand that sometimes the best way we experience things is just to listen because watching just may not happen…or is that me just making lemons out of lemonade…
Things I’ve learned from this interview:
- At the present time, Autism detection can be done as early as 6 months but don’t assume that you will get the help needed, if you believe your child may be on the spectrum or have any special need you may have to fight for it and that’s okay
- You are not alone, there are so many in-person support groups and online support groups, all you have to do is make the initial leap
- If you do not have a child on the spectrum but are close to someone that does, give support in a way that individual parent needs, pity, “advice” and opinions will only further encourage isolating that family. Ask the family how you can support, do it for them!
So tell us, do you have a child on the autism spectrum? Have you found support in your area? How can we as a community help you feel connected and supported?
From Autism In Black
Maria is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive experience working with children on the spectrum and their families. Maria’s passion is being an autism advocate with her mission being to bring awareness to the impact culture can have regarding an ASD diagnosis.
Maria uses a strength’s based approach to provide support and feedback to help clients in developing solutions that are needed to make the changes they want in their lives.
Maria graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Maria is currently working on her Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova as well.
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