Parents as Teachers

So tonight’s article was one of those ones where it was the obvious choice to post about. As the father of a young man with autism, Parents as Teachers played a vital role in our son getting the resources he needed early on.

They were started by Missouri Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond back in the 1980’s, they are now in every state. The article is entitled “As St. Louis-based Parents As Teachers celebrates 35 years, budget issues limit its reach” by  over at the .

Definitely a group worth supporting if you have the chance as I speak from experience. As a parent of a child with special abilities, we need all the help we can get.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Friends

So earlier this week I wrote a post called Parents, about an article entitled “From One Autism Parent to Another by Preeti Dixit over at The Mighty. Well, after posting that I realized there is another really great support group for those of us in the autism community and that is our friends.

So tonight I thought I would say thank you to a friend of mine. Someone who lives half way around the world, but from time to time has sent me articles shes found about books, movies or autism support groups where she lives.

What’s even sweeter is that my son, though he’s never met her, has from time to time mentioned her. In fact, just this Christmas he bought her a gift. So like our fellow parents, friends are equally important. Sometimes they are even like family.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

Parents

This is one of those articles that came at the right time. A time when doubt creeps into your mind as to if you’re doing the right thing. Knowing that you have so much to do and what seems like not enough time to do it. That’s the place that I’ve been lately.

The article tonight is entitled “From One Autism Parent to Another” by Preeti Dixit over at The Mighty. As the article says, once we let go of our idea of a “good” life and focus on the good (which you will find in abundance once you start looking) in our life instead.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Reflections in autism

While my son is a bit older than her son, I too am looking at my son but in his case, it’s looking back at his years as a teenager. Like her son, I wonder whether my son will one day drive but it’s a journey I am now on to find out.

I look back at how much my son has grown since he was first a teenager. How he has a part-time job now and listening to what he wants to do in his future. He still wants to be a race car driver but he also wants to learn how to work on cars and that’s an opportunity I’m hoping to help him have.

Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Reflections as My Son on the Autism Spectrum Becomes a Teenager by Kimberly Ketcham over at The Mighty. Hopefully I’ll find out soon.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

Support groups

Reading this article tonight made me realize this might be something that would be really good for my son. When we’re able to make the meet-ups here in our neighborhood, he always seems to enjoy those and I think it helps him socialize with those outside his comfort zone.

The article is entitled “How an Adult Autism Support Group Can Reduce Loneliness” by John Long over at The Mighty. Definitely something I need to look more into.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Girls & autism, life & movies

So quite a while ago, I remember getting a comment from a young lady about her sister and autism. She talked about how little there is out there on girls and autism. Well, after seeing this article on a yet to be released movie entitled Loop, about a young girl with autism, who is also nonverbal, I knew I had to post it.

The article is entitled “Pixar Will Release New Short Film ‘Loop’ Featuring Nonverbal Autistic Character” by Renee Fabian over at The Mighty. Now I need to go out and find the other short entitled Float.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

Dads & driving

So there’s nothing better than someone seeing a need and trying  to fill in. In this case it was a father who worried what if his son, who is autistic, was driving and at some point got pulled over by a police officer? What could he do to help his son in this situation?

The article tonight explores what motivated this father in the first place and in fact, provides a link to an article on how the state of Texas is attempting to do this for a young man with Asperger’s. The article is entitled “‘The Good Doctor’ inspires dad to lobby for autism symbols on driver’s licenses” by Erin Donnelly over at Yahoo! UK News.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Helping others

While I usually write about articles I’ve come across or my own personal journey with my son, every now and then I find an inspirational story (and video) and for many, you may have already seen this story. It was over on the CBS Sunday Morning Show this past weekend.

Steve Hartman always does the best stories and the one last Sunday included a young man with autism. The story is entitled “Nurse takes in man with autism so he can get a new heart“. The world definitely needs more people like Ms. Lori Wood. The world definitely needs a few more angels.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Social Security

As I attempt to work my way through what needs to be done to make sure my son’s future is set up the best I can make it, this bit of good news came through over at Disability Scoop the other day. It’s an article on the topic of SSI (or Supplemental Security Income) and the limit of how much an individual can have before it’s counted against his or her SSI.

The article is entitled “Senators Join Effort To Increase SSI Asset Limits by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop. If it passes, it will definitely be welcomed news for many of us in our community.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian