Thank you!

I think in this article, we can all take a page from David’s playbook. I would also suggest that the airlines would do well to point out this story. For that matter, humanity would do well to tell his story.

The article is entitled “Autistic Man Goes into Panic at Airport, then Airline Employee Crouches Down & Whispers in His Ear” by Josh Starling over at InspireMore. As I’ve said before I’m sure, I speak for many parents of children and adults with autism or any special ability for that matter, we need lots more David’s.

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Autism Librarian

Siblings

As the father of a now young man with autism, one who has graduated from high school, I believe I know at least some parts of his future. He will outlive both myself and his mom but perhaps not his brother and sister.

Chances are, they will be his caretakers at some point in his life but like everyone else, I cannot predict the future. One thing I am hoping for at some point is for him and his siblings to get along.

At this point, it’s a struggle and that is why when I read this article, it gave me hope that perhaps one day his siblings will write a letter like this to their brother. The article is entitled “It is an Honor to Have You as My Brother” over at Autism Speaks. I hope they will.

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Autism Librarian

Make it stop

Okay, I saw this video a while ago and I really liked it. It was put out by the National Autistic Society and I think it’s really well done. It’s entitled “Make it Stop”. Like all parents of someone with autism, each individual is different but I think this video gives people a small slice of insight into what those with autism struggle with on perhaps a daily basis.

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Autism Librarian

Medicine & autism

I must say that this article has got me thinking. With my son on two different medications, I’m beginning to think does he need them? I think it’s time to ask his psychiatrist that question the next time we have an appointment.

The article is entitled “Autism’s Drug Problem: Many people on the spectrum take multiple medications, which can lead to serious side effects and may not even be effective” by Lauren Gravitz over at Scientific American.

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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.

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Autism Librarian

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.

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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…

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Autism Librarian