Hello! I’m Laura Shumaker, the author of A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism.
I am in the midst of redesigning my website, but in the meantime, read Laura Shumaker 101:
I’m a write, editor, content strategist (read more on LinkedIn.)
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 advise parents about all ages and stages of parenting a child with autism and assorted developmental disabilities, (based not only on my experience, but by my coverage of these topics on my blog, especially the teen and young adult years. I give a entertaining talks that lift spirits. I recently had a fit of the giggles while onstage with Marianne Williamson and she was so nice about it.
New to my site?
- Read the first three chapters of my book.
- 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 Empty, Gravity 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.
I’ll be back with a beautiful and useful website soon!