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.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

 

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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.

Sincerely-

   

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?

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

 

 

Autism is beautiful

I know from where this mother writes. I’ve been there a thousand times and will visit there again a thousand times more. I recently wrote about how Autism Speaks has changed their mission and I think this article is a perfect example of that.

The article is entitled “My Sweet Boy, You’re Different by Danielle Duggins over at The Mighty. My son is different too but, that’s what makes the world a beautiful place and like her son, the world will be a better place for his presence in it.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Why didn’t I think of this?

Okay, I think my son (who is also named Evan) is too old for this and unfortunately, we’re still looking for an answer to the same situation (though we’re trying one now, using replacement words, which is having mild success), I loved the story.

The article is entitled “How a Brother Solved an Autism Problem” by Jennifer Lovy over at the Huffington Post. I have to say, I wish I would have tried this, then maybe we wouldn’t have our own list of seven dirty words. Thank you George Carlin!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Just an observation

As I said before, it’s my oldest who is autistic but sometimes I see pieces of him in his siblings. The latest piece was when my daughter said she would rather go to see a movie at the movie theater with the lights on like we use to do.

When my son was younger, we use to go to the ones put on by Autism Speaks where the lights are on, there are no ads and the volume can be adjusted. There we would see all types of kids with autism.

You see, last week they went to see latest Star Wars with their mom but since I haven’t seen it yet, she (and her brothers) offered to go with me to see it this weekend with Autism Speaks. Speaks volumes if you ask me.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

I hope you dance

As I begin to wind down reading Paul Daugherty’s amazing book An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter, he mentioned a song that I’m familiar with called I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack.

So after I got home from having dinner with a good friend of mine whose son also has autism (and someone who I’ve had the good fortunate to talk with many times) I came home and started playing it over and over. I hope all my kids choose to dance.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian