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

Thank you!

I came across this article today and it remind me that I should say thank you to all the teachers and aids that crossed my son’s path along the way. Now that’s not to say that it didn’t require work on my part but they definitely did the bulk of the work when it came to his schooling.

The article that reminded me is entitled “To the Teachers Who’ve Helped My Son With Autism” by Brian Welch over at The Mighty. So thank you to everyone in the Kirkwood School District, from Dr. Clay to Ms. Taylor and everybody in between. It’s been a good ride and I’m forever grateful for all that you’ve done.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Post-secondary

&I found really interesting article on kids with autism and their choices for post-secondary school. This hits home for me as I wonder if my son will even be able to go to college one day.

If he does however, we’ve already found a program with the University of Missouri at St. Louis entitled SUCCEED and now another one with the entire University of Missouri school system called the Pre-Employment Transitions Services.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian