Proud dad

So today was a really great day. I went to parent-teacher conferences where I heard lots of nice things about all my kids. See, this was for my youngest one but I actually got the chance to remember all of my kids as they’ve gone to middle school. We told lot’s of stories and I heard lots of great things while the teachers and staff asked how my daughter and oldest son are.

On top of that, I got a call later in the day about my oldest son from his teacher at the Vocational Skills Program or VSP for short and again I got nothing but rave reviews about how great he’s doing.  Which only added to my pride as just the other day I also got a glowing report on my son from the program head.

So all in all it was a great day. When you look back, it’s these days you cherish most. Just like with autism, when you know one of my kids, you know one of my kids.  I should also add, all of my kids wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for some amazing teachers and school administrators. To them, I say thank you.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

 

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Sibling support

A couple of weeks ago I talked about my son’s two siblings and how I really haven’t done much to get them the support they need. Well, after posting Siblings, I’ve gotten a hold of someone over at a local group called St. Louis Arc and now they are having their first meet-up in a week or two. My next task of course is to get my kids there.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

ABLE accounts

Okay, I don’t have an article to post tonight but I do have an update about the ABLE account for my son. I just opened it up the other day and I’m so excited. Besides having another step taken for my son, I also feel good because my mom has a 529 account for  him but since I don’t know if he’ll ever want to go to college, I can take that money and put it in his ABLE account. If you live in Missouri or one of the other nine states which can’t remember, you can get more information over at the stable account website.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Fidgety

So I read this article as the parent of three kids, one who is autistic and the other two are what I believe are know as neurotypical. It’s not a word I really have ever used to describe them. Anyway, they all have one of those fidget spinners.

After reading this article, entitled “Fidget Spinners: What They Are, How They Work and Why the Controversy” by Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience, I’m beginning to wondering who they are for. Unfortunately, it seems the article shows that they’re still not sure either.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Thank you!

I think in this article, we can all take a page from David’s playbook. I would also suggest that the airlines would do well to point out this story. For that matter, humanity would do well to tell his story.

The article is entitled “Autistic Man Goes into Panic at Airport, then Airline Employee Crouches Down & Whispers in His Ear” by Josh Starling over at InspireMore. As I’ve said before I’m sure, I speak for many parents of children and adults with autism or any special ability for that matter, we need lots more David’s.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Siblings

As the father of a now young man with autism, one who has graduated from high school, I believe I know at least some parts of his future. He will outlive both myself and his mom but perhaps not his brother and sister.

Chances are, they will be his caretakers at some point in his life but like everyone else, I cannot predict the future. One thing I am hoping for at some point is for him and his siblings to get along.

At this point, it’s a struggle and that is why when I read this article, it gave me hope that perhaps one day his siblings will write a letter like this to their brother. The article is entitled “It is an Honor to Have You as My Brother” over at Autism Speaks. I hope they will.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Reminiscing

So the article I’m posting today is about a place I’m familiar with. It’s entitled “When the ‘Basics’ Are Difficult for My Son with Autism” by Shawna Wingert over at The Mighty. While my son doesn’t know what a CPU is, his knowledge of cars is incredible.

In fact, a few weeks ago I took him to a friends mechanic shop, with the idea that if he knows a lot about cars from the outside, maybe learning about the inside of cars is the next logical step.

Anyway, like the young man in the article, my son couldn’t do the basics at that age but to look at him today, it’s amazing to see how far he’s come. As Ms. Wingert said in her article, my son will figure it out. Until then, he has me. I’m his dad.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

ABLE in Missouri

So according to Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt earlier this month, Missouri has entered into an agreement with four other states (Ohio, Vermont, Georgia, and Kentucky) to implement MO ABLE. To find out more, check out this link to the Missouri Treasurer’s website. Yea!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

My sons future

Tonight I don’t really have an article but I just wanted to given an update on what I’ve been doing for my son. So last week I went to a Family Transition Support Group meeting over at St. Louis ARC and asked them about the ability of individuals to open up their own Special Needs Trust and they said she wasn’t aware of that.

Then tonight I first e-mailed my state treasurer to see what the status is regarding ABLE accounts here in Missouri and then e-mailed the Special School District here in St.Louis County to set up an appointment to talk some more about the options my son will have after he graduates this spring.

My next step is to look over the workshops for this semester and take or re-take any I feel I need too. For some strange reason when I went to that meeting last week, I felt sort of like I have a plan.

On a side note though, I recently wrote a post on the idea of building a tiny house for my son and I learned at the aforementioned meeting that Autism Speaks recently did some research on them. I printed something up the other day and I still need to read about that. There’s always something!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Leaders

Who knew (I certainly didn’t) that I would now talk about someone else who passed away last year. I think in part because I never knew she was an advocate for people with mental illness.

The article is entitled “The Big Shoes Carrie Fisher Left Us to Fill” by over at The Mighty. As the author states, we all need to Carrie on because if we don’t, who will?

Thank you Carrie!

   

Autism Librarian