Daddy’s little girl

As the father of a daughter, I know what it’s like to watch her amaze you. As the father of a son with autism, I know what it’s like to watch your child suddenly play with someone. This story, entitled “Girl with Autism Had a Major Breakthrough Thanks to 1 Stranger at the Park” by Lauren Levy at Popsugar, felt like a one-two tug on the heart.

Sincerely-

    

Autism Librarian

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ABLE in Missouri

So according to Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt earlier this month, Missouri has entered into an agreement with four other states (Ohio, Vermont, Georgia, and Kentucky) to implement MO ABLE. To find out more, check out this link to the Missouri Treasurer’s website. Yea!

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Autism Librarian

Lens for love

So tonight I’m going to talk about a website that I just came upon called Lenses for Love and the incredible work that it does. I was actually inspired enough by the story I read recently that I applied to be a photographer. I was so inspired that I did this without having a good enough camera to do the job. I am planning however, to get one over the summer. So meanwhile I will wait and see.

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Autism Librarian

Job coach

So last week I took my son over to a local mechanic’s business that is owned by a friend of my brothers and he got the chance to find out what mechanics do. He loves NASCAR and seems to know a lot of the makes and models of cars, so to me it seemed like a natural extension of that knowledge.

For two hours, he got to hang out with a couple of the mechanics, who I must say, were awesome! My son got to help replace the front brakes on one customer’s car and then helped with an inspection on another car, including changing the oil and checking tire pressure.

In a few weeks, we’ll do it again. Then he can help change tires and whatever else they will let him do. I think he really liked doing it. I’m very hopeful!

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Autism Librarian

Okay, this doesn’t just pertain to kids with autism or any special ability for that matter but I thought it was just a good story because at this high school they have a club that includes everyone. The story is entitledHigh School Students Start Club To Make Sure No One Sits Alone At Lunch: “If we don’t try and go make that change, who’s going to do it?”‘by Taylor Pittman over at the Huffington Post.

It reminds me of a story that I posted last year about a lunchroom down in Florida, a football player and a young man with autism. The post is entitled Looking in the mirror. I love the subtitle of the article, if we don’t try…who’s going to?

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Autism Librarian

Science

Okay, the title isn’t very creative but, it seems that every day science seems to find out something new about autism. In the article entitled “Infant MRIs show autism linked to increased cerebrospinal fluid: MRIs show a brain anomaly in nearly 70 percent of babies at high risk of developing the condition who go on to be diagnosed, laying the groundwork for a predictive aid for pediatricians and the search for a potential treatment” from the University of North Carolina Health Care, it talks about a link between an increase in cereborspinal fluid and autism. What will we learn tomorrow?

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Autism Librarian

 

 

 

Hamilton in a new light

Reading this article I found quite fascinating. The article tonight is entitled “What a Conversation About ‘Hamilton’ Reminded Me About My Son With Asperger’s” by over at The Mighty.

For a twelve year old to see himself in Hamilton is very cool. It makes me wonder does my son see himself in others? It’s a question to be asked. I believe we should all try and look at life from a different perspective sometimes. It might just open our eyes to a whole new world.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Life skill lists

When I read this article, I immediately thought of the list’s I made on old clipboards (painted with chalkboard paint) written down to help my son remember what to do in certain situations.

The article is entitled “Creating a List System to Help My Children on the Autism Spectrum Learn Life Skills” by  over at The Mighty. Now that my son is getting ready to graduate from high school and will soon start to work more on his job and life skills, I think it might be time to update my lists.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian