Autism & the NHL

So with my family being big hockey fans (in fact, my nephew currently plays for the NCAA Champion University of Denver Pioneers), this article seemed appropriate. It’s entitled “Even Helps Hockey Fans with Autism Prepare for Wild Game” over at CBS Minnesota. My youngest son was even watching the NHL Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks play this afternoon. It really is a family affair here.

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Autism Librarian

 

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Backstory

If I’ve learned nothing else in life, it’s that everyone has their own backstory and until you hear that story, you’ll never know what it is.  So this story tonight is about someone telling someone else their backstory.  All I can say is it’s a very powerful story.

The article is entitled  “To the Person Who Left Me Awestruck After I told You About My Son’s Autism” by Caitlin Johnson over at The Mighty. Like I said before, we all have one and while no two are alike, they are really all just as powerful. Hmmm….sounds just like autism.

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Autism Librarian

To my daughter

When I read this article, the first think that came to my mind was, I hope one day my daughter feels this way. Right now she’s struggling with her relationship with her brother and as I think I said before, it’s stressful for all of us.

Anyway, the article is entitled “To the Man Who Said My Brother’s Autism Would Wreck My Family” by Freya O’Horo over at The Mighty. Sometimes life is just plain hard, all we can do is take it one day at a time.

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Autism Librarian

Sweetness

So right now my daughter is struggling with having a brother who is autistic and I understand. In our family, like no doubt most families with someone who is autistic, it can be quite a struggle.

Tomorrow however isn’t one of those days because tomorrow I will just have my son. The reason? He want’s to wrap his sister’s Christmas gift, the one that I got her. He’s actually already wrapped the one he got her.

In addition to that, we will hang out a bit and maybe do something, just the two of us. For I know that beneath that autism is a young man who is very sweet. In fact, last week he bought a Christmas gift for a good friend of mine. He didn’t have to buy her a gift, he just wanted to. The thing is, she lives half way around the world.

She thought so much of it, she bought him a gift. Granted, I ended up getting it and will give it to him from her. Amazing how he can be so sweet to someone he’s never even met. It reminds me of the age old question, why can’t we all just get along? Or maybe we just all need to be a little sweeter.

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Autism Librarian

 

In the beginning

This article, even though my son is now a young man, still resonates with me. It still takes me back to the beginning. All the feelings and emotions that I went through when he was first diagnosed. That said, this article lets you know it’s okay to feel those emotions.

The article is entitled “On the First Anniversary of My Son’s Autism Diagnosis” by Caitlin Cavallaro over at The Mighty. It’s a good read for those of you just starting your journey.

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Autism Librarian

ID cards

When I read this article by Kerry Magro I must admit I wasn’t thrilled by the idea but I think it’s starting to grow me. In the sense that it’s the first step in a process that needs to happen. It’s not going to work for everyone with autism but it definitely helps with the awareness.

The article is entitled “These ID Cards are Helping Police Communicate with People with Autism” over at Kerry Magro’s website. Kerry is someone who cares deeply about autism as he himself was non-verbal until the age of nearly three and diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Nice job Kerry.

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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.

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Autism Libarian

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.

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Autism Librarian