Abby Khou is the mom of a three-year-old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, work-from-home Communication Manager for a digital marketing agency in Santa Monica and aspiring pediatric occupational therapist. She earned her M.A. in English from Cal Poly Pomona in 2013. In her free time, she organizes meetups and playdates for autism parents, volunteers at the Pediatric Therapy Network and Torrance Memorial Hospital under their Occupational Therapy volunteer programs, takes classes as part of the requirements for applying to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy program in California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), writes creative nonfiction, reads books, and travels with her husband Steve and son Ethan. She aspires to be a pediatric occupational therapist in a few years to better help her son Ethan and other children with special needs.
“I have been writing all my life and decided to start this blog to combine my two passions, writing and my son Ethan. I also would like to connect with others who also encounter ASD in their families, share thoughts, experiences and tips and hopefully inspire and help. Being a mom is challenging enough as it is, and to be a special needs mom is a whole different experience with its own unique set of challenges. I have learned that community is extremely important to combat the isolation that an autism diagnosis can bring, and this blog is my way of reaching out. Being an ASD mom has already changed me as a person and made me stronger, and I hope that others find light and encouragement as I share my experiences.”