Explaining autism

Many years ago, while my son was still in elementary school, I decided to have  someone explain autism to his classmates. So I got in touch with a local autism group called Judevine (in St. Louis) and set up a time for someone there to speak to his class.

I still remember his teacher saying to me, the students later said, “so that’s why he does that“. It was probably one of the best decisions I ever made in regards to his education. So when I came across this video, I was reminded of that. It’s entitled “Little Boys Touching Video Explaining His Autism to His Classmates Goes Viral“. Definitely worth watching.

Sincerely-

   

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.

Sincerely-

   

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.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

 

ABLE accounts

Okay, I don’t have an article to post tonight but I do have an update about the ABLE account for my son. I just opened it up the other day and I’m so excited. Besides having another step taken for my son, I also feel good because my mom has a 529 account for  him but since I don’t know if he’ll ever want to go to college, I can take that money and put it in his ABLE account. If you live in Missouri or one of the other nine states which can’t remember, you can get more information over at the stable account website.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Just one of those days

Today I don’t have a particular article to post just my thoughts. So my son graduated from high school this year and while he has a work/study program lined up for the next three years if necessary with the St. Louis Special School District, I have a lot to do.

I need to deposit some money into his new ABLE account, I need to get him over to a friend’s automobile shop to work on seeing if he’s interested in becoming a mechanic and at the same time, check out the local community colleges technician’s program. Then there’s the whole Supported Decision Making thing to look at and the list goes on….

With out vacation coming up, I need to try and get some of this done before we leave because once we get back, school for his siblings as well as his work/study program will be close to beginning. So much to do and so little time.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

The next stage

So a week ago my son turned eighteen. This past Saturday he graduated from high school. I have to say, that while I am extremely proud of him, it hit me pretty hard.

I shed a few tears as I sat there, then a few more as I shared the story with friends & family and today, I shed quite a few more when I red this article entitled “Struggling to Find My Role After Placing my Son with Autism in Residential Care” by Kristen Scott over at The Mighty.

While it’s not my story, it’s perhaps a glimpse into the next stage of my relationship with my son. Fortunately I still have a little while before we get there.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Teachers

Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve post and it was because of technical issues. So anyway, I want to start back up with an article that I read today and truly enjoyed. It’s entitled “I Actually Thanked a Teacher” by Bob Greene over at the Wall Street Journal.

As usual, the Wall Street Journal has limited access but I was fortunate enough to find most of article over at another blog entitled Live & Learn by David Kanigan and so I thought I would share it that way.

The reason I think I appreciate the article so much is for the fact that how much I appreciate the teachers that have taught my oldest son. Over the years, they’ve always asked how’s he doing? So this article is for all teachers. Thank you!

Sincerely-

    

Autism Librarian

Today was the day

It didn’t start out to be this kind of day but it ended up that way. I intended to start cleaning my room but the first pile of papers I had in my room to go through turned out to be mostly about my oldest son and his future.

So today was the day I started really planning out his future. I created a sort of time line of what resources I need to get in touch with. I also created a to do list for myself of what I need to do to help create his future. Finally I started making a list of questions to ask a lawyer regarding his future finances.

Right now I’m taking a break to blog a little and then call my kids to wish them good night. Then, it’s back to more research on the next step to take. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian

 

Good day

Okay, so once again I don’t have an article but it was a good day none the less. It seems that last week my son got an after school detention for saying an inappropriate word while talking with his friends.

Then yesterday he told me it was two days. Well, first I e-mailed his teacher about this and she said to talk to the grade school principle. When I got his reply (as he is out of town with the journalism club), he only said, Oops. My mistake. One it is.”. So today was a good day.

Sincerely-

       

Autism Librarian

Looking back (towards the future)

Tonight I was at my daughter’s parent-teacher conferences and like most times when I’m up there, someone always asks about her older brother but, this time it was me mentioning him to his former sixth grader counselor.

Of course, as soon as I look back, I also have to look towards his future. This article tonight is from Autism Speaks and it’s entitled “12 steps to help adults with autism find the right job“.Here’s hoping we find that right job and that the next time I’m up at the middle school, I can give them some really great news.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian