I was walking Brian in to school, hand-in-hand, him scripting something in jargon to himself. The boys in front of us, both a couple years younger than Brian, were deep in conversation about legos and Batman. I eavesdropped and smiled at how easily they were able to chat back and forth about their favorite things. […]
Halloween is fast approaching. I know because our daily montage of videos has changed from Little Einsteins and Over the Hedge to Scooby Doo and Wizard of Oz. Yes, I can tell the seasons by whatever movie Brian is obsessing over at the time. Very exciting news around our home is that Brian independently chose […]
Sometimes it can be a little daunting to go to a busy play place with your child with autism. Without a crystal ball, it’s so hard to know what the trip will entail. It could go absolutely fine. He could laugh and skip and play without a single tear. There could be very patient and understanding families […]
This is Brian grocery shopping with me yesterday. At ten years old, he still rides in the cart and the more I put in the cart, the better. It’s not that Brian can’t walk or has physical limitations. Being enclosed in the cart helps him feel calm and secure in environments that are sensory nightmares. […]
A few weeks ago my youngest sister moved out of our parent’s home to begin her journey to adulthood and independence. This was the first time in 32 years that she didn’t have children living at home. 32 years. My Mom was officially an empty-nester.
I can only imagine how tricky that transition must be.
Seriously, I really can ONLY imagine. The reality is I will most likely never have an empty nest.
So, this happened tonight… That’s Brian with the black hood on next to his friend Henry and two other kids he had just met. Nothing much to see here, just a few kids playing in the dirt, talking about strategies, giving each other instructions, and trying to make the largest mountain they can. Nothing much […]
Our buddy bike has finally arrived after a long road to obtain it! This adaptive bike has only been here for four days but I can already see Brian’s confidence grow. It’s more than just a bike when it can give your child control, freedom, and independence in a world that doesn’t offer him that very often.
Bare with me, my computer has died on this adventure and I’m attempting to write this from my phone, in the dark by the campfire, while sipping a beer…. Day Two: The next step in our adventure was a trip into Boston to visit the aquarium and possibly a whale watch. There was no way […]