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

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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

Unique potential

Today, my son had an appointment with his play therapist and little did I know it might be his last one for a while. He’s had a good summer and his maturity level seems to be moving up, though he’s a long way from being able to live on his own (if he ever gets there).

She even came up with a great career idea for him towards the end of his session, a museum guide. He had just finished talking about a war museum we went to while on vacation and it made perfect sense. He is so knowledgeable about wars. He of course, thought it was a bad idea.

Still, this article is a good one to help keep things in perspective when things do get tough. The article is entitled “Learning to embrace a child’s unique potential” by Jane Schoenfeld courtesy of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

Good Night!

  

Autism Librarian

 

Entrepreneural opportunities abound

What’s the old saying, necessity is the mother of invention? Anyway, this local businessman (who has a son with autism) took that to heart with his project, the Calming Chair. It turns out he has a classroom of students in a high school engineering program help him create it and now it appears it might actually be headed to market.

This according to the article entitled “Calming Chair For Kids On The Spectrum May Be Headed To MarketBy Dugan Arnett at the Kansas City Star via Disability Scoop. Just like the old English proverb.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Career choice for a seven year old

There is a movie that my daughter likes entitled Sticks & Stones about a 12 year old who plays hockey but also has a conscience. Anyway, at one point in the movie, his friends dad says to his dad “your son is ruining his career”, the other dad says, “he’s twelve years old, he doesn’t have a career”.

Anyway, apparently even a seven year old can find their future. In this article, “7 year-old girl with autism creates greeting cards whose proceeds benefit the National Autistic Society“, the young seven year old has already become quite the artist. How cool is that?!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Autism Daily Newscast

I’m finding the Autism Daily Newscast weekly newsletter to be amazing. In fact, on the cover of their latest issue it says at the bottom, written by people on the spectrum for people on the spectrum. I think that really says it all.

I would also say that they encourage submissions and since my son has written a couple of articles for Speedway Digest (sort of), I thought we might see what we could do here.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Me and me, through and through

As someone who is the parent of a child with autism and a federal worker, this article struck a little too close to home. Especially when I just came across a Federal Post Office that it turns out hires workers with disabilities and it gave me hope that maybe I can find a job for my son.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Report Finds Fewer Federal Workers with Disabilities” by Shaun Heasley at Disability Scoop. I guess I’ll just have to work a little harder for my son.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian