Family hero’s

So as I sit here, trying to do what I need to do for my son, I came across this article. Written by someone who is himself autistic, Kerry Mango, it was definitely a pick-me-up article for anyone who is the parent of someone with I like to call special abilities.

The article is entitled “To Any Special Needs Parent Who’s Having One of Those Days ” over at Kerry Mango’s website. Well worth the read, for any parent having one of those days.

If you’re a sibling of someone with special abilities, he’s also written an article especially for you. It’s entitled “To the Siblings Who Love Someone on the Autism Spectrum“. Again, well worth the read.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

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Anxiety, depression and music

So after I my recent post on my daughter and her struggles, I came across this article entitled  “30 songs That Have Helped People with Anxiety and Depression at Night” by Haley Quinn over at The Mighty. I’ve already listened to Why by the Rascal Flatts several times tonight. For me at least, music has always helped me going through a rough time.

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian

Autism in the family

I guess sometimes it’s hard to see how even when only one child or adult may actually have autism, it affects everyone in the family. Parents, siblings, grandparents and even extended family. Tonight I found out how much it’s affects my daughter.  So tonight is a night to reflect on how I can help her.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Libarian

Back in the day

So this article about a letter from a mother to her autistic son doesn’t necessarily relate to me in regards to their relationship, it does take me back. In fact I just realized tonight I’ve been writing this blog for nearly ten years now.

At the time, my son and I were early on in our journey. So in honor of those ten years and for all mothers and fathers of sons or daughters with autism, this letter is for you. It’s entitled “A Letter to my Son with Autism” by Kristen Williams over at The Mighty. We should all write a letter to our child.

Sincerely-

  
  
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!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Asleep at the wheel

When I first typed that title, I thought of a band that was around many, many years ago but I also thought that it’s a rather appropriate description for this article. The article is  entitled “Parts of brain sleep, wake up, all day” by over at Earthsky.

Now while this article isn’t necessarily on autism or any type of special ability, the brain is important to everyone’s life regardless. It’s also a topic that my dad, who taught psychology back in the day, was very interested in. I both miss and love you dad!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Senior pictures

Today I share not an article but, a moment. After talking with the mom of my son’s best friend a few weeks ago, I decided to make an appointment for my son to get his senior picture this year and I have to say, it was one of my best decisions.

Yesterday I got the chance to be a parent to a high school senior, nothing more and while he kept saying he didn’t want to do it, he did a fantastic job. He did everything the photographer asked me to do. He was great.

When we were done, we had to wait a few minutes to see the proofs and boy were they worth it. After he chose the one to use for the yearbook, we went through the rest of them and he chose one additional one, which I have to say was perhaps his best.

It was the one with him in a cap and gown holding his diploma. He looked great and his smile was perfect. I was so proud of him. In fact, this morning on the way to work as I was listening to a song that makes me think about my dad (who passed away 22 years ago last month), I had a tear in my eye. Dad would have been so proud of both of us.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Week 4

This sort of feels like a diary but I must confess, it’s a good feeling. Tonight was week four of golf and once again it was fun. It was fun watching my son get the chance to socialize with new friends. From a father’s perspective, it’s also nice to seem him get some exercise.

In honor of the 22nd anniversary of my dad’s passing, which is tomorrow, Happy Fathers Day Dad! I know he would be proud of both his grandson and me.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian