How Vine Helped This Mother Explain What It's Like To Raise A Child With Autism
When Kimberly Maschi found out her son, Jase, was autistic, she didn't know what to do. But now she's explaining what it's like and helping other parents, six seconds at a time.
Kimberly tells BuzzFeed that she's trying to help people understand what raising a child with autism is really like:
I know a lot of other mothers on Vine who have children with autism, and many individuals who themselves have autism. I liked sharing my story with them and wanted to do more.
I wanted to give people an inside look into what this life is really like. I see many people using Vine for more than just comedy, so I thought I would too.
Kimberly admits it's been a struggle, but says retelling the story has been therapeutic. She tells us:
I would say making this account has helped me. I have made many friendships and so many people have reached out to me. It has helped to know that people have been through what I've been through. It helps to know I'm not alone.
I went back in time with these Vines, Back to 2010 when Jase was 2. Jase is now 6 years old. He is doing very well, but every day is a struggle. Always new obstacles for us to overcome.
I thought these Vines would be helpful for me, but having to relive these moments takes a lot out of me. I really remember how I felt then, and those feelings never really go away. What really helps me is when others reach out to me. They keep me strong. They tell me their stories and that is what makes me keep going.
Despite all Jase's progress, things can still be tough, but Vine has helped Kimberly connect with people facing the same challenges, she says:
Right now, we are still dealing with a lot. The school system, battling for at-home services, back and forth to therapies, trying desperately to help Jase communicate, neurologist appointments — and I'm trying to learn more and more about how I can help him.
I love that people enjoy Nothing Is Wrong, when they make Vines saying how much they appreciate this account. This is my favorite part of having this account: I get to meet many new people and we can connect on a deeper level.