Wow…I’m back!

Mattie, Joey and me!
Congrats Joey!

First, let me apologize for not sending out my bi-weekly newsletter for quite some time in addition to not being consistent with my blog posts and tweets!

So much has happened over the past six months…My son, Joey graduated from Brown University this past Memorial Day weekend.  He also secured a position at Columbia University in New York City which he is now living, working and applying to graduate schools for next fall.  I’ll tell you all about the many transitions (we have both endured!) in more detail in the upcoming posts.

Also, this past May and as a direct result of my book, I accepted the position of State Director of Rhode Island for Best Buddies® International.  Best Buddies is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition to my work with Best Buddies, I’m continuing to counsel parents, educate college students in the field of special education, and provide workshops based on the tools and strategies in my book, Step Ahead of Autism. 

I prefaced this writing with an apology because I’m a huge proponent of consistency.  Consistency allows us to depend on what’s to come and helps us navigate unplanned transitions.  Consistency is one of main keys to successfully raising an autistic child.  A topic I will continue to discuss throughout the upcoming holiday season.

In my newsletter coming out this Thursday, I will talk about how I will be able to offer you my services and availability on a consistent basis from here on out.  I have put together a team here at and we are so excited about what will be made available to you just by a click of your mouse…stayed tuned!

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  1. Nicole Williams says:

    Hi Anne,
    I received your book from a nurse a my son Michael’s pediatrician’s office. He is 3 years old diagnosed with PDD and the youngest of four in a blended family. We are from New Bedford, Ma. Just forty-five pages into the book tears pouring from my eyes, I had to stop and find a way to thank you. I look forward to reading the the remainder of the book and again thank you for your in depth description of your experience. I’m still learning to accept my son’s diagnosis and learning to cope with our new normal life. Again, Thank you!!!!
    Nicole Williams

    • Anne Burnett says:

      Hi Nicole,

      I am thankful my book found its way to you. Similar to early intervention services, my book offers the most useful information and inspiration for those who have been recently informed their child has PDD or some form of autism on the autism spectrum. I am working on offering a workshop in the area in late spring and another in early fall to coincide with IEP planning. I will notify you once I have the dates and locations scheduled. In the meantime, please know that by accepting your child’s diagnosis today and moving forward with all the services that diagnosis will entitled him too, will provide you, your child and your family with the best possible outcome! Anne

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