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

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My son and our pet cat

So this week was a tough week. It started last Thursday and ended yesterday as my daughter and I said good-bye to our beloved Oreo. Now while for my daughter and younger son, tears flowed but for my oldest they really didn’t.

That said however, I know Oreo meant a lot to him as well. From all the times my son would jump on my bed and just lay his head on Oreo to the time at school when I learned his password for his computer was Oreoismycat01.

Tomorrow he will be over here at the house for the first time since Oreo passed away, so we will see how he does. At the place where he works today, his bosses let me know that Evan told them about Oreo. I did however also let them know the night before, just so they would be aware of it if he did mention it.

OreosThrone

So, here’s to you Oreo. You really made an impression. I’m glad you were and always will be, one of the family.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Animals & autism

Tonight’s article is all about animals and those with autism and other special abilities. The article talks about how studies are beginning to show that maybe animals do help those on the spectrum. The article is entitled ” New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids on the Spectrum”  by Rita Giordano over at Disability Scoop. Maybe I need to look into this for my son again.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

Pet therapy

I know when most people mention pet therapy, they think of dogs. My son had a class last year where about once a month, they had dog therapy. I would argue however that dog’s aren’t the only ones who can provide therapy.

Case in point, the article entitled “Precious Photos Show the Unparalleled Bond Between a Girl With Autism and Her Cat” by The Mighty staff. Score one for cats. I know my son loves our cat, Oreo:

Oreo

This by the way was my younger son’s valentine card this year, with a quote inserted saying “Happy Valentines Day”. So for us, he’s our family therapist.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

 

Christmas gifts of joy and happiness

As I sit on the computer deciding what to write, I realize how lucky I am. Every Christmas I make a donation to an organization of their choice. For my oldest, it was ASPCA.

Just like most kids, he loves dogs and cats. It wasn’t much but I know every little bit helps and so to all those dogs and cats out there who bring joy and happiness to kids and their families, we say thank you!

Happy Holidays!

  

Autism Librarian

Dogs

I can hear my daughters voice right now, see dad, pit bulls are great dogs, they just have a bad reputation. She’s been trying and trying to get me to get a dog. Right now I have a cat but what makes it difficult is that I’m gone nearly 12 hours a day and as a single father (with my kids not always here) it would be impossible to have a dog in my mind.

Anyway, this is a great story about a dog and yes it’s a pit bull, that helps a young man really start to open up. The article is entitled “Rescued pit bull helps autistic teen open his heart” by Jenn Savedge over at the Mother Nature Network. Meanwhile, my daughter will continue to look for answers.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Pets and autism

This to me a topic that invites intrigue because we have a neighbor that had a dog which worked with kids like my son and yet didn’t seem to connect.

He’s also had trouble with Oreo, our cat and his mom’s three dogs and yet I still believe this. In fact he does seem to be doing much better here. We also have my daughters hamster, Candy and so maybe that helps too.

Anyway the article I came across is entitled “Pets May Boost Social Skills in Kids with Autism” by Shaun Heasly at Disability Scoop. What do you think?

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian