Taking a drive

While the senior pictures were a great memory, driving is a whole other adventure that I’m hoping we get the chance to take. While I’m unsure on the path to get there, this article gives me hope.

The article is entitled “Learning to Drive as Someone on the Autism Spectrum” by Erin Clemens over at The Mighty. Miracles do happen, I’m sure of that.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

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Senior pictures

Today I share not an article but, a moment. After talking with the mom of my son’s best friend a few weeks ago, I decided to make an appointment for my son to get his senior picture this year and I have to say, it was one of my best decisions.

Yesterday I got the chance to be a parent to a high school senior, nothing more and while he kept saying he didn’t want to do it, he did a fantastic job. He did everything the photographer asked me to do. He was great.

When we were done, we had to wait a few minutes to see the proofs and boy were they worth it. After he chose the one to use for the yearbook, we went through the rest of them and he chose one additional one, which I have to say was perhaps his best.

It was the one with him in a cap and gown holding his diploma. He looked great and his smile was perfect. I was so proud of him. In fact, this morning on the way to work as I was listening to a song that makes me think about my dad (who passed away 22 years ago last month), I had a tear in my eye. Dad would have been so proud of both of us.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Guardianship in Missouri

It’s funny how running into someone that you haven’t seen for a while and having a five minute conversation can lead somewhere you weren’t expecting to go. Such is the case when a friend that I ran into at the grocery store the other day, and I talked about guardianship.

When he told me that our legislature was looking into re-writing the Missouri Statutes regarding the rules and regulations on guardianship, I was excited. Being a librarian of course, I set out to research what was happening but unfortunately there wasn’t much.

I did however find a website with some information on whose taking on this project and what the status is. The group is  MO-WINGS or Missouri’s Working Interdisciplinary  Network of Guardianship Stakeholders and here’s the website. Now comes the hard part, finding out what comes next and how I can get involved.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

The future

This is an article about a place that while we’re not there, I know is coming as I continue to get ready for. Working on things like guardianship and estate planning have me trying to get everything in place for when he turns eighteen.

The article is entitled “Struggling to Find My Role After Placing My Son With Autism in Residential Care” by Kristen Scott over at The Mighty. I know the future is coming and I’m hoping I”ll be ready.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Skateboards & autism

I love it when something that you wouldn’t think would click for someone with autism does. Apparently for the young man in this article and perhaps others, skating boarding is what works for him.

The article entitled “Skateboard Clinic Teaches Kids With Disabilities Life Skills” by Marjorie Kirk courtesy of the  The Sacramento Bee/TNS and Disability Scoop.The program is called SkateMD. As Preston Rogers said “My heart was pounding with happiness.”

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

The A Word

I came across a couple of articles on this show recently. The show is about an extended family that has a child with autism. The show is courtesy the BBC but actually based on a show in Israel called the Yellow Peppers. Talk about a world-wide story.

Anyway, the first article is entitled “Autism At Center Of New TV Drama” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop while the second article is entitled “The Challenge of Creating a TV Series About Autism” by over at the Science of Us. The first article is about the show while the second one is an interview with the show’s writer.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Pet therapy

I know when most people mention pet therapy, they think of dogs. My son had a class last year where about once a month, they had dog therapy. I would argue however that dog’s aren’t the only ones who can provide therapy.

Case in point, the article entitled “Precious Photos Show the Unparalleled Bond Between a Girl With Autism and Her Cat” by The Mighty staff. Score one for cats. I know my son loves our cat, Oreo:

Oreo

This by the way was my younger son’s valentine card this year, with a quote inserted saying “Happy Valentines Day”. So for us, he’s our family therapist.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

 

Anxiety

Tonight rather posting something on autism, I thought I would post about anxiety. With my son, it goes hand in hand but really, isn’t it something we all deal with, just to different degrees? So maybe I am writing about autism and then maybe we’re all on the spectrum?

For Kristen Scheid-Fox, it’s something that she seems to deal with from the moment she gets up to when she falls asleep. The article is entitled “When the ‘Anxiety Dam’ Breaks” and again, it over at The Mighty. Wow!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian