Alicia Trautwein, creator of The Mom Kind, is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.
Alicia’s website is a top-rated autism resource. When Alicia’s two youngest children were diagnosed with Autism just six weeks apart, she went online to find information and advice on parenting multiple children on the spectrum. She was also in search of resources for parenting girls with Autism. In her pursuit of knowledge, the only online resources she encountered were research-based papers and very general information.
More specifically, she states: “When it came to Autism in girls, I found only one article that just listed possible symptoms based on one woman’s experience. One-piece on the entire internet, can you believe that?”
From there, she realized because there was nothing about parenting multiples on the spectrum or autistic girls, and she needed to share her family’s story. Her goal was to give hope and inspiration. Since there was no information, she started her own research, and began reaching out to specialists from around the world. Now, almost five years later, she’s providing education, inspiration, advice, and “sometimes a good laugh” to thousands of parents worldwide.
Her mission through her website and social media is to help as many parents as possible and to provide a community where parents feel they are not alone.
“There are so many parents of autistic children that are struggling right now to get the resources they need. Worldwide, Autism is still not greatly understood or accepted. I have many parents from all over the globe reach out through our social media and email to ask about how to help their children when their country does not offer resources for Autism. While there is an awareness here in the US, there are still many things lacking when it comes to educating parents on what to expect and how to help their children thrive.”
Alicia’s success on her website did not happen overnight. It took about a year before she started seeing real results in the form of traffic and interaction. With a small budget, she had to put in the hard work herself. For the first three years, she worked 50+ hours a week on the website. Currently, she works on her website around 40 hours a week, serving as her full-time job, outside of parenting of course.
She states that one of her biggest struggles as a mom has been finding a balance. She wants to make sure she is giving her children their needed attention while also taking care of herself.
“Like many mothers, I always want to put the needs of my children first. Having four children, three with special needs, there is a ton they do need from me. The problem, though, is when you do not take care of yourself, you get to a point where you cannot take care of anyone else either.”
As a result, most of Alicia’s time writing and working on the website is done after the children go to bed.
Alicia has a word of advice for aspiring bloggers.
“The first piece of advice I have for aspiring bloggers is to put the time into your website and do it right from the start. Significant numbers of traffic and money are everyone’s goals, but that only comes with real hard work. Make sure to practice proper grammar, master your SEO skills, and figure out your niche. Finally, and most importantly, stay true to you! The one advantage you have over everyone else in your niche is your own viewpoint and life’s experience. Not everyone is going to like you, and that is okay! You want readers that know they can count on you to stay original. Those readers will be the ones to carry you to your dreams!”
Alicia continues to pursue her goal of educating the world about autism and providing needed resources for others raising children with autism. When she’s not working on her website, she’s spending time with her family going on nature walks and geocaching or, if she’s on her own, reading.