Today we’d like to introduce you to Doretha Brown.
Hi Doretha, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Love on the Spectrum is Inspired by my second-born son Jaquan Gibson. Jaquan is now 18 years old. In late 2003, I noticed unusual activity, I knew something wasn’t right but wasn’t exactly sure what it was. I made several appointments with my son’s pediatrician and he kept telling me that my son would grow out of it. I just didn’t believe that… a mother’s intuition you know? After a couple of months, I demanded the pediatrician refer me to a specialist and when we walked through the door, he immediately told me that my son has autism! I was completely speechless. In 2003, Autism wasn’t something many people talked about and I had never heard of Autism. The specialist broke it all down to me but also told me that he couldn’t diagnose him with Autism because he was too young. Instead, they labeled him developmentally delayed, and about 3-4 years later Jaquan was diagnosed with autism. As the years went by I had to learn a lot of things on my own, and just knew moving forward that I wanted to advocate and help as many people as I can with some of the knowledge I do have. Love on the Spectrum came to me for the love I have for Jaquan and others on the spectrum!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
No, it was never easy! Learning Autism is one thing… because everyone on the spectrum is different. Some go through the same life experiences, but I’ve also learned there is always something different about each person.
As far as the products, my sister Javonnie help me out in the beginning who also makes candles. I decided to learn how to make wax melts, tea light candles, and scented carpet fresheners on my own. So far it’s going great and decided I’ll be adding more fragrances and other items like shirts, hats, coffee mugs, and socks to the line in the near future!
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a mom of a child with autism who spends most of her time bringing light to autism. I specialize in making scented puzzle piece wax melts, scented tea light candles, and scented carpet fresheners! I think what I’m most proud of is not giving up. It’s a hard job taking care of an 18-year-old with severe autism. What sets me apart from others? My scented carpet freshener! Let’s be real, you can find carpet freshener anywhere but can you find Piña Colada? Bubble Gum? Blue Raspberry Slushie? And other really great scents that you would find in a candle?! I haven’t found anything like that!
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
You can do it!!! DON’T give up! If your heart is set on it… GO FOR IT! I’m sure it’s going to be hard, and you will probably hear negative comments and feedback but don’t let that be the reason why you give up! YouTube is my best friend, I stayed up late hours of the night and early morning trying to figure it out and it helped me! I wish I knew to make very little, just enough for my home and a couple of close friends and family to try!
- Scented wax melts $10
- Scented tea light candles $5
- Scented carpet freshener $5
- Website: linktr.ee/Loveonthespectrum
- Instagram: love_on_the_spectrum
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loveonthespectrum2003/
Doretha Brown and Pat Jackson