His future

So first let me explain while I’m blogging twice tonight. It seems I’ve just been busy and wasn’t able to post last Thursday or this past Tuesday, due in part golf (see my previous blog post entitled Me, my dad and my son). Any way, now where was I?

Well, a couple of weeks ago I talked about how I’ve been working on my son’s future and what I can do to help. For the last few weeks he’s been looking for a job and just this week I spoke with the person who is helping him do that to see what we can do to help him.

Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas about how to find a job and tonight I had what I hope is a really good idea. I realized that the non-paying job he did this last school year, cleaning/building is the type of work he could do where I work.

Since his was job with the federal government and I work for the federal government, it makes sense, right? That way we might be able to go to work and come home together and I would be there in case he’s having any problems. Here’s hoping!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Me, my dad and my son

Unfortunately, since my dad passed away before my son was ever born, that won’t happen. It’s been just over twenty-four years ago that my dad passed away from a heart attack while playing golf with his friends. The next week, I gave my golf clubs away.

Fast forward twenty four years and now my son likes golf. In fact he’s taking a summer golf class which ends the week after we get back from vacation, with that last class a nine hole tournament.

Then that night he and I are going to a Cardinals baseball game celebrating the baseball movie Sandlot, a movie he loves. Just wish my dad was here.

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Autism Librarian

Girls and autism and aspergers

So tonight I have an article to post that talks not only on the differences in boys and girls with autism but also with aspergers. It’s entitled “What are the Signs of Autism in Girls-Is Asperger’s in Girls Overlooked?” and comes from Autism Parenting Magazine.

With asperger’s now falling under the category of autism in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-V manual, it’s an intriguing article to say the least.

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Autism Librarian

 

The Mighty

So one website that I visit and share articles from frequently is called the The Mighty and it’s also one that I’ve been meaning for a while now to submit an article to but now that they have a new way to share with others, I might finally find time to do just that.

Anyway, for anyone who has taken this journey, one of the best ways to find support is by sharing with others who have been on that same journey. Tonight’s article, entitled “Inside the Mighty: Two New Ways to Help Each Other” by Mike Porath, talks about  in great detail. So check it out. I plan too, just not tonight. It’s way past my bed time.

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Autism Librarian

Golfing

So tonight I don’t really have an article, just an experience. Back in June, my son participated in a golf class with a local group called TASK . A really good group that my son enjoys very much.

Tonight he started another golf class with the group St. Louis Arc . The only difference between the two is that the second class is held on an actual golf course, where they play a few holes each week and then in the middle of August, they play an actual tournament which consist of nine holes.

Anyway, it was good to see my son get some actual exercise with other adults. I also can’t wait for the tournament.  After talking with some of the parents, I can’t wait to play myself.

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Autism Librarian

Girls

I remember this story like it was yesterday. One of the first articles I posted on girls and autism a few of years ago, really hit home with a young lady in England that has a sister with autism. So ever since she commented on my post, every time now I find an article on girls and autism, I post it.

Just like the article I wrote about in yesterday’s post entitled First and foremost, they are our children and even though I have a son with autism, the article I’m posting tonight hits close to home. It’s entitled “What I Want You to Know about My Daughter with Autism” by Brooke Wilson over at Yahoo! via The Mighty. So many times I’ve felt, and still feel the same way, even though he’s nineteen now.

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Autism Librarian

First and foremost, they are our children

So today’s article, entitled “This Dad Made His Own Report Card to Cheer Up Daughter with Autism Upset about Bad Grades” by Melissa Buttigieg over at Yahoo!, reminded me of that yet again.

That despite the fact that my son is now a young adult at age nineteen and actually has his first job interview tomorrow, he will always be that child he was when he was first diagnosed with epilepsy (and later autism) at the age of one.  What a great dad!

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian