Disclosure: I received a Pamper Me Pantry box in support of this post. No money compensation was given and all opinions are my own. Please note, this blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner.
There’s something we don’t talk about much on here. I wouldn’t call myself a private person, but I definitely have areas of my life that I tend to keep more private than others. Our journey and experience with having a child with autism has been one of those more private areas. On one hand, it’s been a struggle; nine years of a pediatrician not believing us, multiple neurologist referrals, countless public meltdowns and the occasional bully.
On the other hand, we’ve had some really great support through preschool and public school resources, a new pediatrician who actually listened to our concerns, friends and family who love him as much as we do, and organizations who have helped us give him great experiences like challenger baseball and football and a summer camp for kids with autism.
Having a child or multiple children with autism is a struggle for parents. Each child’s needs are unique, so what works for one family may not work for another. Often, autism presents itself alongside other issues as well. Some children with autism may have allergies, dietary restrictions, sleep issues, physical disabilities, and more. In our particular case, autism has brought motor skill developmental delays and anxiety, not to mention struggles with relating to other children his age.
Regardless of struggles, autism parents spend so much time and energy helping their kids navigate this crazy world. We just want people to think our kids are as amazing as we already know they are.
The Autism Hope Alliance does think our kids are amazing, and their mission is to help parents navigate their child’s autism diagnosis through education, financial support and volunteerism. One of their most notable accomplishments is the creation of their Autism Approved® program. The program highlights products and companies that meet the organization standards for autism-friendly. It helps raise money, create awareness, and ensure companies do their due diligence by being socially responsible to the autism community.
Another thing that is really unique about this organization is that it is the first non-profit foundation for Autism to emerge from the natural foods industry. Through their partnerships with brands in the industry, they have created a really unique way to help autism families in need.
The Autism Hope Alliance recently launched a quarterly “gift” box, called the Pamper Me Pantry box. You can subscribe to yearly, or just order one single box if you’d like. Each box contains at least $125 worth of products from some of their partners in the natural foods industry.
I’ve been working in the natural foods space for about 8 years now, through my involvement with Mamavation and ShiftCon, as well as attending the Natural Products Expo each year. I have to say, it’s really meaningful to me to see something so truly helpful for families like ours emerge from an industry that I feel already has a strong importance. Honestly, we’re still navigating this diagnosis, so it’s extra special to me to see that there are organizations like this out there.
The box contains a mix of food, personal care, and wellness products, and is designed to pamper and nurture the recipient. Some of the items we received were immediately snagged by me, because hey I deserve some goodies.
I noticed quite a few allergy-friendly items in the box as well. While we are very fortunate to have a family without food allergies, such allergies are very common in the autism community.
We had fun unboxing everything on Facebook live. Check out the video below if you’d like to see what else was in there!