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Conversations with Crystal Kearney

Hi Crystal, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m 32 years old, I’m a single mother of two autism sons, it started out when my oldest was two years old. I knew something wasn’t quite right, I got him tested for autism and ADHD and the doctor gave me the diagnosis from their the journey started and i had to learn and teach myself what Autism was. When i had my 2nd son, his development in learning was delayed as well. I got him tested when he was three years old because he was still talking baby talk and wasn’t sounding out words or using simple sentence.I got him testing for autism as well and the same doctor gave me the diagnosis. My world came tumbling down because here I am not 1 but 2 sons with special needs. I knew I had to pray and be the best mom I can be to my sons. It’s still a challenge and I share my story on my social media and I know my story will help someone along the way.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The struggle is doing it all on your own, no father figure in the home, I have my mother’s help, thank goodness I have her when I need a break or help with the boys. I do everything, doctor appointments, speech, occupational therapy, I do it all as a single mom, IEP meetings, virtual learning online helping my sons is the area that they are weak in. I get the question asked, “How Do I Do it? Or how am I so strong”. I tell friends, parents that i meet , mom that are going through the same thing I’m going through and don’t know what to do or who to turn to.. but what i try to do to relax and ease my mind because you can get overwhelmed and stressed out,so I do meditation, relaxing, play jazz music, write poetry having “ME” time when the kids are sleeping. You gotta make time for yourself through the mist of everything.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a headstart substitute teacher and I love it, teaching my 3-4 year old students. It’s something that I grew to love each children and helping with my special needs as well.

What’s next?
I’m looking forward to buying a house for my sons, giving them things I never had growing up. I want my kids to know the sky is the limit.


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I want to thank my sons Nick and Mari

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