In the coming months here at AutismSpot, we’re going to be shining the spotlight on parents raising kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders. To kick off our “Spotlight” series, we’re starting with mothers featured in The Autism File Autism Mother Unite Worldwide 2011 Calendar.
AutismSpot’s CEO and Founder, Kent Potter, took a tremendous group photo of several women in Texas this past summer. That photo was chosen for January 2012, but is included in the 2011 calendar as a “sneak peek.” Always a visionary, Kent seized the opportunity to shoot each mother individually with plans to share personal stories here. It is my pleasure to share my family’s story first…
Spotlight: Leigh Attaway Wilcox
Mother to Ethan, age 8
From tending to baby dolls’ needs to babysitting neighborhood kids… working at drop-in childcare facilities throughout college to teaching early elementary students, I have always adored children and knew from an early age I wanted to be a mother. I’ve also had a fascination with pencils, pens, paper and words from the tender age of 4. While teaching as an elementary school teacher and later as a literacy specialist, I began to pursue a dream of writing and publishing books for children. When my son, Ethan, was born several years later, I took a hiatus from teaching to focus on raising Ethan, and in my “free time,” on the work of writing, editing, revising, submitting and publishing.