The Sun Chronicle is my hometown newspaper. (Photo credit to Martin Gavin.) I was raised in a small town called Plainville - in Massachusetts. Growing up, we had a Drive in Theatre (fun as a child, more fun as a teenager!) some jewelry related industry and when McDonald's came to town it was a very big deal. Last month I had the pleasure of speaking to the TACA MA chapter (thank you Cheryl Gaudino) whose meetings are held a mere 5 miles from my Mom and Dad's house. The Sun's Laura Calverley covered the event - and did a great job, I think. I'm honored that they thought enough of me to hold the article until Mother's Day.
Kim Stagliano 3 Daughters 1 Disorder (click to read the full article and to comment.)
WRENTHAM - Plainville native Kim Stagliano is the mother of three daughters - Mia, 17, Gianna, 15, and Bella, 11 - and all three are on the autism spectrum.
"Autism pretty much took over our life," Stagliano told a crowded room of parents with autistic children who gathered for a recent meeting of The Massachusetts chapter of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) at the Wrentham Senior Center.
TACA invited Stagliano to the monthly autism parent support group to speak about her book, "All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa (A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism)" (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010). Actress Jenny McCarthy, whose son was diagnosed with autism and has been outspoken about the issue, wrote the book's foreword.
Stagliano told the group that despite the challenges of being an autism parent, love, laughter and the support of family and others will help them through their own autism journey - like it has helped her.
"If I can do this with three, we all can find a way to do this," she said.
After autism diagnoses for her three children derailed Stagliano's career in advertising and marketing, she became a voice for autism parents across the country, hoping to make the diagnosis and journey less lonely for herself and others....