About Laura Shumaker

Hello! I’m Laura Shumaker, the author of  A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism.

(Read the first three chapters HERE.)

I am in the midst of redesigning my website, but in the meantime, read Laura Shumaker 101:

I’m the mother of THREE terrific sons. The oldest, Matthew, is a young adult with autism. I’m an optimistic mother/autism advocate/writer, and parents like me because I tell them it gets easier and I mean it. I write an autism blog for the San Francisco Chronicle that is very popular. 

I can help you with all ages and stages of parenting a child with autism and assorted developmental disabilities, especially the teen and young adult years.

New to my site?

  • Read the first three chapters of my book here.

    First baby -- best day ever.

    First baby — best day ever. (27 years ago)

  • Read my recent posts here.
  • Check out my San Francisco Chronicle Autism Blog here.
  • Take a look at my most popular posts here.


I’ve contributed to several anthologies, including Voices of Autism, A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs, Writin’ on EmptyGravity Pulls You In, Writin’ on Empty, Easy to Love, Hard to Raise the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism and the forthcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum: 101 Inspirational Stories for Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger’s.


 My  essays have appeared in many places, including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, Literary Mama, the East Bay Monthly, The Autism Advocate, on NPR and CNN.COM.

I live in Lafayette, California with my husband Peter and my sons,(who are now adults) when they are in town. I have a black lab and a white lab that I photograph more than I photograph my children. They shed a lot.

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I’ll be back with a beautiful and useful website soon!