When her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Irma Velasquez was devastated. It was the pre-internet era of the early 1990s, and both information and experts were hard to find. Desperate for answers, she sought out therapists and educational programs designed to teach Aaron how to become successful in school and in life. But those early years ended up teaching Irma more than they taught Aaron. Irma realized her desire to “fix” her son had been a masquerade to fulfill her own needs, and she began to love him just as he was: perfect. Irma shares her journey in new book Fish Dreams: A Mother’s Journey From Curing Her Son’s Autism to Loving Him as He Is. Deep Living Lab is proud to publish this first-hand account of deep living in action.
Deep Living Lab Board Member Marcia Hyatt interviews Irma Velasquez about how Deep Living, presence, curiosity, and the three Centers of Intelligence all shaped her relationship with herself and with her son, Aaron.