Soup for the Soul Stirs Up Mother’s Dedication to Autistic Children

There is a season for everything.

My continuing “season” of Motherhood has been nonstop learning since the birth of my two special needs Sons…who I adore.

Over the years I’ve spoken with and helped many parents that have their hands full with just one special needs family member.

One key point I’ve discovered through direct experience is this: Knowledge is power.

Power to learn, power to love, power to persevere and the power to educate.

I’ve needed that knowledge to empower me to handle the trials that come with two special needs family members.

There is also a season to be bold.

Being a bold Mother allowed me to leverage the power of education to make positive changes.

I chose to make changes that not only made me dig deep to help my own family but yours as well.  Over 15 years ago when I wrote Little Rainman: Autism–Through the Eyes of a Child. Soon after I pushed forward with, and other collaborations such as Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs in 2007. If “Soup for the Soul” sounds familiar then you must know of Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, creators of the infamous series.

Just two of many reviews such as these on make every moment of struggle and sacrifice worth their weight in gold:

“The stories in this book really touch my heart and allow me to understand children with special needs.”

“It’s just real people, telling their story.”

Soul searching my role in the realm of special needs individuals has surely helped me realize that obstacles are meant to be engaged head on.

What bold changes have come about in your life concerning special needs individuals?

What inspiration do you need to make a positive change for someone stricken with developmental disability?

Be bold and share your story by leaving your comment below.

Your voice will be heard.

Karen Simmons
Mother, Wife, Author, Founder & CEO of


P.S. I would like to recommend tips, strategies, and tools you need to help understand and cope with special needs individuals.

To download a video presentation that will help you understand the nature of special needs individuals, click this link:


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