About Merritt

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WM Phillips is an author, wife and mom to an amazing autistic son. After getting her BA from UCLA she went on to get her Masters in Social Work at SDSU. She worked with abused and neglected children as a county social worker, as an advocate for children in the courts, directed a shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Working with, and on behalf of children has always been her passion.

When her own son was in preschool, she saw signs that he was not keeping up with his peers verbally or developmentally. It was 1998 and not much was known about ASD. She has spent the last 24 years on a personal journey to support her son, and others like him, as they navigate the often turbulent waters of ASD. Her philosophy is with hope, humor and love anything is possible.

WM Phillips grew up in Southern California, where she still resides with her husband, and two spaniel mix pups. In her spare time she loves to travel the world.

Thought for the day

Worry less, smile more. Don’t regret, just learn and grow.
Three things you cannot recover in life: the word after it’s said, the moment after it’s missed, and the time after it’s gone.
I’m stronger because of the hard times, wiser because of my mistakes, and happier because I have known sadness.
Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.
Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.
Most smiles are started by another smile.
Life’s problems wouldn’t be called hurdles if there wasn’t a way to get over them.