Multiple perspectives

So reading this article tonight is just another gentle reminder that there are multiple  perspectives in this world and it’s important sometimes to see those other perspectives. Be it societies, the parents or the individual’s.

It’s an article both about the view from the parents and the individual. Anyway, the article is entitled “When I Tried to See the World the Way My Son With Autism Sees It” by Michelle Myers over at The Mighty. Now if we can get society to see from those persectives.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

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A picture’s worth a thousand words

In this case however, the picture is worth a little over a hundred words. The words are not mine but someone else who happens to be on the autism spectrum named Kerry Magro. So to all the parents of someone on the autism spectrum or for that matter, as I like to say, anyone with special abilities, this goes out to you:

Parenting

and to Kerry, I say thank you!

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

Photography

So tonight I’m doing something I’ve never done before here on the Autism Librarian blog and that’s writing about an article that I’m also posting on my other blog, the Green Librarian.

A couple of years ago, I purchased a new camera but it’s only now that I’ve begun to take what I hope are really nice pictures, with most of them taken while on vacation at our family cabin in Minnesota.

The article tonight is entitled “22-year-old defies the odds with his wildlife photography” by Jacqueline Gulledge over at the Mother Nature Network and the young man who the article is about has Down Syndrome.

Now while no one in my family has Down Syndrome, my oldest son is autistic. So it’s a story that in some ways, I hope happens to my son, that he finds what he truly loves to do.

In a way, it also let’s me know, I need to keep on helping him to find that too. Fortunately, I know what he loves, hopefully I can help him make it happen.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Life’s journey

So tonight I have no article, just needing to share a little bit of my journey. These day’s I have my son pretty much seven days a week. In part because of his relationship with his sister and in part because I think he prefers to be  here.

With that however, comes more responsibility and I guess more opportunity to do things for him and teach him about life. While sometimes it feels overwhelming, I also know that as a single father, I feel I have to take more on, in regards to setting up his future.

So with that said, hopefully tomorrow I can make a call or two and write an e-mail or two to keep he and I on track in regards to his future. It’s important, not just to him but to me as well.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

Brothers and sisters

So lately I’ve started looking for more resources on siblings of kids with autism in regards to my two younger kids and their relationship with their brother. As they’ve grown up, I’m realizing that maybe I haven’t done enough to foster their relationship and maybe I need help.

Up to this point, I’ve come across mostly information regarding younger kids and from organizations that I’m familiar with. The only one that was new to me is an organization called Siblings of Autism. I plan to touch base with them tomorrow to see all of what they have to offer.

Meanwhile, I will continue to do some more research, hopefully finding more geared towards older kids and their siblings. As I find more, I plan to create a page with links towards those resources but for siblings of all ages.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

Me, my dad and my son

Unfortunately, since my dad passed away before my son was ever born, that won’t happen. It’s been just over twenty-four years ago that my dad passed away from a heart attack while playing golf with his friends. The next week, I gave my golf clubs away.

Fast forward twenty four years and now my son likes golf. In fact he’s taking a summer golf class which ends the week after we get back from vacation, with that last class a nine hole tournament.

Then that night he and I are going to a Cardinals baseball game celebrating the baseball movie Sandlot, a movie he loves. Just wish my dad was here.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

The Mighty

So one website that I visit and share articles from frequently is called the The Mighty and it’s also one that I’ve been meaning for a while now to submit an article to but now that they have a new way to share with others, I might finally find time to do just that.

Anyway, for anyone who has taken this journey, one of the best ways to find support is by sharing with others who have been on that same journey. Tonight’s article, entitled “Inside the Mighty: Two New Ways to Help Each Other” by Mike Porath, talks about  in great detail. So check it out. I plan too, just not tonight. It’s way past my bed time.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Dasha’s journal

So today I started reading a book I came across a while ago entitled Dasha’s Journal: A Cat Reflects on Life, Catness and Autism by T.O. Daria. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure when I go this book, what exactly I was getting.

Up to this point, it’s been interesting with bits and pieces of funny and yet insightful stories along the way. The author herself has worked in the field of autism for 20 years, along with having two kids, a boy with Autism and a girl with Asperger’s.

Just like T.O. Daria’s family, we too have a cat. Unfortunately, our first cat, Oreo passed away recently so we’ve adopted a new cat named Caesar. I recently wrote about Oreo in the post My Son and Our Pet Cat. I guess I should introduce Caesar in the not too distant future. After all, he too is part of the family.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian