Overcoming The Impossible
Hi, my name is Tiffany Simpson. I am a certified Parenting Coach for autism families and Super Mom to a 13 year old animation developer with autism. I help parents guide their children into their full potential.
My journey as Super Mom became apparent after my son’s diagnosis. It was during this challenge that I taught myself to create computer games and mobile apps to help my son with his speech and social skills. The results were amazing. But let me start from the beginning so that you get a clearer picture of how we got to this point.
The Back Story
At age 3, my son’s speech was not developing. The only word he could say audibly was “yes”. He would throw these wild tantrums any time he was hungry, thirsty, sleepy or anything for that matter. Throwing tantrums was a way of communication for him. I was known as the mother of the devil child and I could not take him anywhere. We were isolated and cut off from society.
Then came the diagnosis. I already knew that something was up, but I got some direction from another parent whose child was autistic and exhibited similar behavior. After visiting the doctor, he told me that my son had Asperger’s Syndrome. He then explained to me what to expect. It sounded like doom and gloom. I mean, a diagnosis did not put me in a better position than I was already in.
I was a single mom with a struggling business. I did not have the resources to get my child speech therapy. I thought about getting a job for better financial security, but worried about who would take care of my son if I should go to work and how they would treat him when he started to throw tantrums. I kept imagining him being abused and quickly dismissed the idea.
I knew I had to do something. We could not just remain stuck in that position. So I asked God to show me where to apply my faith. Then one afternoon, while I was observing my son, trying to tell me something, I notice he was opening and closing his mouth and sounds were coming out, but he was not moving his lips to form the words. That’s when the idea came to me to use the camera on my cellphone to record my mouth while saying his name and other words he would have been saying at that time.
He would sit and watch the video for hours. It took some time (about 4 months) but he started to say the words audibly. It was working. I was on to something. We started to use the camera on the cellphone as a learning tool. We would have Q&A sessions where I would ask him questions and he would answer with one of the words he had memorized. His confidence grew. We could go back out in public. He did not feel anxious about anybody asking him a question, because he already knew the answer. But once he started school, I realized that he had outgrown the Q & A videos. There was this one specific incident, where someone asked him what was the name of his school and he said his name. it was then that I realized he was only processing the word name in the question. Not the actual question. I needed a solution for this. I grew anxious that he would relapse.
The idea came to me to develop a computer game to help my son learn the different variations in sentence structure. The only problem was, I did not know anything about programming. I have a degree in Math and Physics and to this day, I have never had any formal computer lessons. So I went on YouTube and found a tutorial on developing computer games using Adobe Flash Professional. It took me about 3-4 months, but I created a computer game that would help him. And we have been building and coding ever since. I have created many successful startups as a result of my new skills.
Helping Parents to Lead Their Autistic Children Into Purpose
Today, I help other autism parents lead their children to their purpose. I am also the founder of the support group Super Mom Academy, that focuses on providing real-world solutions to autism moms. Our Round Table provides one on one support to mothers and their children to help them overcome seemingly impossible circumstances and to reach their full potential. Members enjoy many benefits which also includes having access to lessons and coaching from other special needs moms from around the world. We provide a host of materials including worksheets and mobile apps to help moms improve their parenting style and exceed their parenting goals.
My son is also a participant in the group, as he helps to provides courses and other materials, while helping moms to bridge the communication gaps so that they can collaborate with their children to produce a well-functioning, happy home.
Jayden Simpson - Kid Genius
Meet my son Jayden Simpson. He is an animation developer living with autism. He has overcome many challenges with his speech and social skills. While he learns differently, I have created many inclusive educational programs that help him to develop his own talents and skills, while learning the fundamental basics associated with traditional educational program.
Success Comes In Pairs
As a result of the challenge and the new skills I gained through perseverance, I have received many awards and media coverage for my work in developing breakthrough educational apps and software