Opera, on the other side of the world

So yes, I don’t live in Australia but, I like what they’re doing in regards to opera music and kids with autism and sensory disorders. There is a nice article on the program entitled “Australia’s Victorian Opera Offers ‘Relaxed’ Preformances for Children with Autism and Sensory Disorders” by Marni Fogelson-Teel at Inhabitots.



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A gift from my son

So I finished the book Father’s Day by Buzz Bissinger tonight and I have to say that it’s given me great insight into my own son. In fact, at his play therapy appointment today we actually sat on the floor and played. Something we’ve never done and it was an amazing experience.

I somehow was able to have a conversation with him while at the same time, I was able to hear what I was saying. I think that came from the fact that  Buzz made a point of highlighting his own conversations with his son and so I was able to, like an out of body experience, process what I was saying as I said it, if that makes sense.

Like him, I don’t know where my son will end up and for any parent that’s a scary proposition but I also believe with all my fatherly heart that my son, like his, will continue to restore my faith in all that can be.

Sweet Dreams!


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Father & son

I just wanted to give an update on the book Father’s Day by Buzz Bissinger that Ive been reading. It’s a book that has actually allowed me to laugh out loud several times on my way to work. In fact, I’ve only been reading it for a couple of weeks and I’m close to being done, which for me is a fast read.

It’s also let me see that I have a great connection with my son and I should be thankful for that. I think it’s safe to say, like many parents of children with learning abilities, he’s taught me more about life than I will ever be able to teach him.



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Working for a living

So as the father of a child with autism, one of my hopes is that he can find and keep a job. Now I’m sure I’ve no doubt  said before that even though he is still a couple/few years away, you can never start looking too soon. In fact, I tried to talk about it a little bit when we were at the NASCAR race this past weekend but I need to build on it this weekend.

Like what kind of jobs did we see people doing? Do any of these interest you? When we go over to Pole Position, a local track, I’m going to do the same thing. I know he talks about driving but we need to look at all the possibilities out there.

I found this article tonight buried in a pile of articles on autism and so I’ll sit down to tonight and read it. It’s entitled “Five Tips for Individuals with Autism on Finding Employment” by Kerry Magro. Maybe it will help somebody else too. I also need to keep looking for other summer things to do with him while at the same time, working on his social skills and talk about his future.



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Fathers Day

Yes, I know,  Father’s Day was a couple of days ago but it also happens to be the title a book by Buzz Bissinger that I’m reading right now. It’s a book I have to say has at some times, made me laugh out loud and at others, has brought tears to my eyes.

So when I came across this article I found last year, I thought it fit this theme beautifully. The article is entitled “Legends” by Ali Dyer, who also happens to work at Autism Speaks (at least she did last year). Her older brother Jeff has autism.

Turns out that last Sunday, yes Father’s Day, was the twentieth anniversary of my dad’s death.

Dad, I love you.


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Reading, writing & NASCAR

So a couple of weeks ago, my daughter had this idea for a book called Just Evan. Well, the other day at the library she found a book entitled Rules by Cynthia Lord. Seems maybe somebody already wrote the book she wanted too.

That night, when my daughter was over at her Nana’s house, it seems they were reading it and talking about it and really getting into that book. Evan and I meanwhile, were doing what he has dreamed about doing for quite some time, going to a NASCAR race. A couple of years ago a retired driver purchased a nearby shuttered racetrack, Gateway Motor Sports and opened it back up.

It was late last year that they then announced they were going to host a NASCAR Camping Truck race and we were going to be there. He had a great time and apparently, so did my mom and my daughter.

Good stuff all around!


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