Embracing Differences and Winning!

ASD Parent Advocate, Licensed Social Worker, Life Skills Trainer, Mom, and Motivational Speaker

After leaving the doctor's office twenty-five years ago, we sat down in the car, and I said, “Son, we will not let this Asperger's/Autism diagnosis beat us.” Mom will learn how to support you in every way from reading books, workshops, conferences, resources for social skills therapy, sharing with extended family members, focusing on his strengths, and embracing his differences. That is exactly what I have done for the last 25 years. I have truly been his advocate and will continue to be. This is a lifetime commitment.

 

Today at age 27 and in his 5th year of a doctoral program, my son has taught me so much about life and is on track to graduate in May 2022 with his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Tech. Isn’t God great and merciful!

 

We think as a society that if you don’t shine and stand out in life, that your life is not as meaningful. We want the lead role in the movie, board room, classroom, personal life, jobs, careers, etc. My son is WINNING and is presenting his research to colleagues, and feels like a team player. We want to help others do the same.

~Join our journey, embrace differences and win against all odds. 

Checkout Kelvin's feature on Inside Edition and Intricate Minds. 

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Son, we will not let this diagnosis beat us

LaRita Smith

Kelvin and Larita Speaks