Day trip

So today my oldest son and I took a trip to Jefferson City, Missouri for the MPACT Transition Summit. While we had a few difficulties like the directions we had were wrong and we got there late (fortunately, they were delayed in getting started, so we didn’t miss anything), I felt like my son and I got the chance to have a good conversation  both ways on what he wants to do after school and what maybe I can do to help.

While I haven’t looked at it yet, we were given a flash drive with information from all the breakout sessions they had. That’s good because they had several at each time, so it should give us some more food for thought as to his future. That said, I need to get some sleep. We were gone nearly twelve hours, so I need my rest to tackle that flash drive tomorrow.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Autism is beautiful

I know from where this mother writes. I’ve been there a thousand times and will visit there again a thousand times more. I recently wrote about how Autism Speaks has changed their mission and I think this article is a perfect example of that.

The article is entitled “My Sweet Boy, You’re Different by Danielle Duggins over at The Mighty. My son is different too but, that’s what makes the world a beautiful place and like her son, the world will be a better place for his presence in it.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Autism Speaks

As the parent of a child with autism, I’ve supported Autism Speaks over the years, in large part for all they do for families like mine. This article does however, give some food for thought.

I’ve come to believe that a lot of us (including myself) have autistic traits and therefore maybe it’s not really something that needs to be “cured”. Anyway, I still think that Autism Speaks does good work and I hope they continue to evolve.

Oh yea, the article is entitled “A Leading Autism Organization Is No Longer Searching for a ‘Cure’” by over at the Science of Us.

Thank you!

   

Autism Speaks

Looking back (towards the future)

Tonight I was at my daughter’s parent-teacher conferences and like most times when I’m up there, someone always asks about her older brother but, this time it was me mentioning him to his former sixth grader counselor.

Of course, as soon as I look back, I also have to look towards his future. This article tonight is from Autism Speaks and it’s entitled “12 steps to help adults with autism find the right job“.Here’s hoping we find that right job and that the next time I’m up at the middle school, I can give them some really great news.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Tour guide

Reading this article took me back to when my son was first diagnosed with autism. In particular, I’m reminded the Holland metaphor. How it’s like your planning for this trip to say Paris or Berlin, reading all the books and getting all the maps but, when you get off the plane, the firs thing the guides say are “welcome to Holland“.

The article is entitled “6 Things I’ve Learned Since My Son’s Pediatrician Said the Word ‘Autism’” by Katie Campbell over at The Mighty and like she says at the end, “I sure do love my tour guide“. For me, tonight, it’s all good.

Sweet dreams!

   

Autism Librarian

Thank you!

I came across this article today and it remind me that I should say thank you to all the teachers and aids that crossed my son’s path along the way. Now that’s not to say that it didn’t require work on my part but they definitely did the bulk of the work when it came to his schooling.

The article that reminded me is entitled “To the Teachers Who’ve Helped My Son With Autism” by Brian Welch over at The Mighty. So thank you to everyone in the Kirkwood School District, from Dr. Clay to Ms. Taylor and everybody in between. It’s been a good ride and I’m forever grateful for all that you’ve done.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Biofeedback

This is a term that I’m sure many are not familiar with. I only came across tonight’s article reading another article, that for the life of me, I don’t remember. That said however, biofeedback is something to me is a precursor to what today is mindfulness.

Both topics that were of interest to my dad (and now me) over twenty-two years ago. The article is entitled “Elmer Green Biography” courtesy of the Science of Consciousness website. Thanks dad!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Surprise!

Over the weekend, I noticed that my oldest son hadn’t turned in his permission slip for yoga like I asked him too last week. He also kept forgetting to give the donation certificate we received for a donation we made in honor of a friends mom who suddenly passed away recently to that friend.

Well, I e-mailed his teacher this morning but since it was a half-day, she never got back to me. When I asked him about those two things tonight however, he said he did both. I’m very proud of him. It was a nice surprise.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian