The lessons of autism are not just about autism. They transcend boundaries and perceived limitations. They punch you in the gut, while simultaneously plant your feet on the ground. The very disability that has you questioning everything, will hand you the answers, to anything.
What if you could view Autism in a new way? What if Autism has something to teach us all? What if that insight was wrapped up in humor, and delivered with a side of compassion? You might:
- Find levity and laughter in life once again
- See yourself as the person you are meant to be
- Reduce the heaviness from the responsibility you carry
- Realize the option to live differently
What does Living with Autism mean? It means I haven’t died yet.
Hi! I’m Sonya King. I’m a writer, comedian, speaker and proud parent of Josh, my autistic son. I understand pulling it all together – navigating the resources of doctors, therapists, and community services. Everyone is looking to you as your child’s fiercest ally, at the same time you are getting a crash course in graduate level therapy and social services. I know the exhaustion leading to respite care because no one is comfortable babysitting an autistic child. I understand losing a job because the needs of autism require daily intervention. And I know the pain of planning birthday parties for your child, only to have no one show up. Autism finds a million ways to break your heart every day.
And then…there’s the gift.
Josh changed the way I see myself, and changed the way I see others. As I watch him, I realize he’s been teaching me. He’s always teaching anyone that’s interested, that life can be lived without getting tangled up in the story. That is life altering! That lesson got me through one of the most difficult times of my life.
We all have our disabilities. Some of us have Autism…the rest of us don’t.”
I speak about the experience of raising Josh, and about Josh raising me right back. Autism throws one curve ball after the other, and occasionally it hits a home run worth talking about. That’s what I do.
Who is this for?
Autism organizations and associations. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and siblings of people with Autism. Communities that are empowering. Corporate gatherings that value inclusion. Anyone wanting to step into a new paradigm.
“I was in the audience yesterday when you spoke about your son and changing outcomes. I already had an opportunity today at work to utilize the information you shared. It dramatically changed the end result for the better. Thank you so much!” – James R
What I offer? I’d be a great fit to speak at your organization if you want:
- To connect over shared experiences
- To create comfort and healing through laughter
- A unique view on humor and Autism
- An opportunity to live differently
I’m not the best fit for organizations:
- That make it a practice to oppress others
- Are not kind to animals and people on the margins
- Are judgmental jerks
Still with me? To hire me to speak at your next event, just complete my Speaking Engagement Form, and my management team will be in touch with my availability and fees.