About Me


My name is Shelley.  I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 24 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 4th grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2.  Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries.  Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences.  Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day?

Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you.

My Sons Undeniable Strengths…

Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile.

You can find us here:

Writer: Autism Through His Eyes





Canine Companions for Independence News Interview

Cody and Skilled Companion Jude – Our Story

Cody and Dogs

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You are so right about Cody doing whatever it takes in order for you to understand him. I feel confident that he will respond in a timely fashion to this new hurdle in speech.

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