Autism & driving

Besides guardianship, special needs trust, ABLE accounts, and a million other issues, driving is something that I’m really hoping one day that my son will be able to do. Reading this article by Holly Robinson Peete over at Huffington Post,  only adds to my hopes and fears but none the less, I will continue to march along.

The article is entitled “Autism And Police: My Plan To Protect My Driving-Age Son (And Yours)“. Here’s hoping that driving is one skill my son will master, along with all the other skills that go along with it.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Teachers, therapists & support staff

Looking back over the years I know my son wouldn’t be where he is today without some amazing teachers, therapists and support staff. The teacher he’s had for the last three plus years at his high school has just been incredible.

The therapist in tonight’s article entitled “Teacher creates tennis ball chair to help students with autism with sensory issuesby Joi-Marie McKenzie over at ABC News is another. While she is just a first-year speech-language pathologist, I can’t begin to tell you how grateful parents are for people like Amy Maplethorpe. God bless her!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Summer vacation

Okay, it’s a little early to think about summer vacations but for those looking for some place that is truly family friendly for children with autism, check out Surfside Beach, South Carolina.  This according to the article entitled “This Beach Town Just Declared Itself an Autism-Friendly Travel Destination” by over at The Mighty.

Sounds like fun but we’re still planning on going to Mount Rushmore and then out cabin. It’s a family tradition and in fact, the kids are going to see their new cousin for the first time. Maybe next year though. I would love to get the kids to the beach. Hmmm…

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

We all need an introduction

A long, long time ago I was a substitute teacher for the Special School District of St. Louis County and it was there I was first introduced to my son. Though he wasn’t even a twinkle in my eye yet, it was my first visit into his world.

The article here is entitled “I Needed an Introduction to Autism Long Before My Son’s Diagnosis” over at The Mighty and I agree with the author in the sense that perhaps we all need an introduction into their world. After all, we all need to learn to get along.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Purrr-therapy

For my son’s school, they have therapy dog’s that come I think once a month. In this setting the kids at the Autism Society of Southern Arizona get to see two to three homeless kittens and cats each week through the Purrs for Autism program.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Purrs for Autism Pairs Kids With Autism With Kittens for Social Play by over at The Mighty. I must admit, I’m thinking my son would prefer that.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Prom

Okay, my son had no desire to go to his high school prom, this year or any other year for that matter and that’s okay. Despite that, this article entitled “Proms For Those With Special Needs Expected To Draw 75,000” by Shaun Heasley was just too good of a story to pass up.

The article is about how the Tim Tebow Foundation and it’s Night to Shin program will help over 75,000 kids with special abilities will get the chance to go. If you ask me, Tim Tebow doesn’t need baseball or football, he’s already a star.

Thank you Tim!

  

Autism Librarian