Anxiety and girls

Anxiety. Such a heavy word for many people, including me. Like I’ve said in the past, I think we’re all on the spectrum, I think we all have anxiety. The difference is that it manifest’s itself differently for everyone.

This article, entitled “When Girls with Autism Mask How They’re Feeling” by J.L. Dark over at The Mighty, talks about those with autism and anxiety. Now I know my daughter has anxiety, the question to me has always been, is she on the spectrum?

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Autism Librarian

 

 

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The future

So as the father of a young man who is now out of high school and looking to find what his future might hold, I thought these two articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (my local paper) might be worth reading. The first is entitled “Autism makes life after high school a struggle for the ‘Mayor of Parkway West’ ” by Kristen Taketa. In a way, I’m living this story.

The other one is entitled “UMSL program gives students with intellectual disabilities a college experience ” by Ashley Jost. I’ve actually took my son up to UMSL to learn a little more about the program. Unfortunately, he’s not interested. We’ll have to wait and see if that changes at some point down the road.

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Autism Librarian

Special

I used that word a lot these days. Instead of saying my son has a disability, I say he has special abilities. Anyway, when I came across this article tonight I found it very interesting and I think the title fits well here.

It’s entitled You are Special! Now Stop Being Different” by Jonathan Mooney over at the New York Times. I mean to me, are we all special in one way or another. I frequently say when I ‘m talking about autism, really we’re all somewhere on the spectrum, just some more than others.

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Autism Librarian

Proud dad

So today was a really great day. I went to parent-teacher conferences where I heard lots of nice things about all my kids. See, this was for my youngest one but I actually got the chance to remember all of my kids as they’ve gone to middle school. We told lot’s of stories and I heard lots of great things while the teachers and staff asked how my daughter and oldest son are.

On top of that, I got a call later in the day about my oldest son from his teacher at the Vocational Skills Program or VSP for short and again I got nothing but rave reviews about how great he’s doing.  Which only added to my pride as just the other day I also got a glowing report on my son from the program head.

So all in all it was a great day. When you look back, it’s these days you cherish most. Just like with autism, when you know one of my kids, you know one of my kids.  I should also add, all of my kids wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for some amazing teachers and school administrators. To them, I say thank you.

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Autism Librarian

 

 

Yoga & special abilities

So as someone who believes that yoga is important for everyone, I found this article over at my son’s school newsletter. I will say also that I just recently have begun another attempt at yoga. I’ve started doing that and weights now in the morning.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Fit Abilities: Yoga Program Supports Students Success” from the Special Schoold District of St. Louis County. I need to go to bed now, I have yoga again tomorrow.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

 

 

 

Mind experiment

This is definitely a topic that needs to be not only discussed but addressed, mental health. In my case I’m talking about a couple of my kids and anxiety. If you want free counseling and therapy, apparently England is the place to be.

This according to the article entitled “Mind Experiment by Benedict Carey over at the New York Times. Well worth the read.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Autism & jobs

So my son is out of high school but, now enrolled in a program with the Special School District of St. Louis County called the Vocational Skills Program or VSP, where the kids/adults learn both work and life skills.

Where my son goes from here, I am unsure of. Right now I’m looking to get him another chance to learn more job skills as a mechanic at a local automotive place called Combs Tires and I have to say what a great group of guys.

So I hope that more groups like the one mentioned in the article entitled “Nonprofit Wants to Create 130K jobs for People with Disabilities ” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop start to develop. We need more groups like Creative Spirit.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian