Special

I used that word a lot these days. Instead of saying my son has a disability, I say he has special abilities. Anyway, when I came across this article tonight I found it very interesting and I think the title fits well here.

It’s entitled You are Special! Now Stop Being Different” by Jonathan Mooney over at the New York Times. I mean to me, are we all special in one way or another. I frequently say when I ‘m talking about autism, really we’re all somewhere on the spectrum, just some more than others.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Proud dad

So today was a really great day. I went to parent-teacher conferences where I heard lots of nice things about all my kids. See, this was for my youngest one but I actually got the chance to remember all of my kids as they’ve gone to middle school. We told lot’s of stories and I heard lots of great things while the teachers and staff asked how my daughter and oldest son are.

On top of that, I got a call later in the day about my oldest son from his teacher at the Vocational Skills Program or VSP for short and again I got nothing but rave reviews about how great he’s doing.  Which only added to my pride as just the other day I also got a glowing report on my son from the program head.

So all in all it was a great day. When you look back, it’s these days you cherish most. Just like with autism, when you know one of my kids, you know one of my kids.  I should also add, all of my kids wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for some amazing teachers and school administrators. To them, I say thank you.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

 

Yoga & special abilities

So as someone who believes that yoga is important for everyone, I found this article over at my son’s school newsletter. I will say also that I just recently have begun another attempt at yoga. I’ve started doing that and weights now in the morning.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Fit Abilities: Yoga Program Supports Students Success” from the Special Schoold District of St. Louis County. I need to go to bed now, I have yoga again tomorrow.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

 

 

 

Mind experiment

This is definitely a topic that needs to be not only discussed but addressed, mental health. In my case I’m talking about a couple of my kids and anxiety. If you want free counseling and therapy, apparently England is the place to be.

This according to the article entitled “Mind Experiment by Benedict Carey over at the New York Times. Well worth the read.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Autism & jobs

So my son is out of high school but, now enrolled in a program with the Special School District of St. Louis County called the Vocational Skills Program or VSP, where the kids/adults learn both work and life skills.

Where my son goes from here, I am unsure of. Right now I’m looking to get him another chance to learn more job skills as a mechanic at a local automotive place called Combs Tires and I have to say what a great group of guys.

So I hope that more groups like the one mentioned in the article entitled “Nonprofit Wants to Create 130K jobs for People with Disabilities ” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop start to develop. We need more groups like Creative Spirit.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Hollywood and autism

I found this article very interesting. To those of us with someone who is autistic or perhaps know someone who is autistic, there is a saying that goes when you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism. In other words, everyone with autism is different.

What this article points out is how many of the characters we see in movies and in television, that portray someone that is either autistic or on the spectrum, are in fact very similar. In turn, what that does is limits people understanding of autism.

The article is entitled “Is Hollywood’s Portrayal of Autism Fair” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop. Definitely worth the read for everyone.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

So I recently found out from a friend of mine that this play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is over at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. It’s about a boy accused of killing a dog that instead goes to London to track down the true culprit.

Unfortunately I’m not going to see it but I still highly recommend it according to my friend. I will however check out the book by Mark Haddon, as any good librarian would.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Sibling support

A couple of weeks ago I talked about my son’s two siblings and how I really haven’t done much to get them the support they need. Well, after posting Siblings, I’ve gotten a hold of someone over at a local group called St. Louis Arc and now they are having their first meet-up in a week or two. My next task of course is to get my kids there.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

What the world needs now…

Is more kids like Alex Jackman (and as the song goes… love sweet love). I think in a way this is a great article to follow up my previous post on siblings but this isn’t just for siblings, it’s for everyone. We all need to get out there and get involved.

The article is entitled “The Autism Activicst” by Sandy Fernandex over at the Scholastic magazine Choices. The way we do this is one person at a time.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian