“So, what’s his super power?” I have seriously been asked that question about a half dozen times. Granted it’s been a few years since the last time, and I hope that is a representation of autism awareness growing. Sometimes people have seen Rain Man one too many times and think they know autism. Or they […]
Dear Corbin, Last night, we had a family birthday party for you. I love getting our family together to celebrate someone’s birth, particularly when it’s one of my boys. It was so much fun talking with everyone, watching you smile and laugh, and seeing you light up with your gifts. So much fun until your […]
This year Brian trick or treated for a grand total of 20 minutes. Not the worst year, not the best either. During those entire 20 minutes he kept pointing back to home while whimpering. Once he got home he stripped his costume off with lightning speed and hunkered down on the couch. Brian loved his costume […]
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 […]