With thanksgiving on the horizon, gratitude is something that is frequent fodder for discussion this time of year. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I have had to work with some incredible children with autism and their families.
Most of the time I consider myself a glass-half-full kind of person. But this week my son has been drinking out of my glass, and now it's empty. It's ironic. We special needs parents lament about how our kids never get invited to birthday parties, and then when we finally get an invitation we wonder why we've accepted it.
We can do more and we can do better by our kids with autism. Let's stop limiting them with catch-all solutions that don't extend beyond the Walmart parking lot and start fostering bigger dreams and creating opportunities that include partnerships on college campuses with the companies that need their unique skills.
My daughter will be finished with the traditional school system in December 2015. I can't believe she will be 22. This may seem like no extraordinary thing to some of you, however for me, it was a day I never thought I would get to experience. My daughter is autistic.
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Autism, to me, is not a disease or a condition but a strategy to deal with the universal and endless challenge of being human, of getting along and having free.
Tyler Lea is currently playing the lead role of Christopher, a teenager on the autism spectrum, in the Tony-Award Winning Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I caught up with Tyler on a Saturday morning to discuss taking on such a powerful role.
A few years ago, Ben, our son with severe autism, got a chance to meet one of his favorite musicians -- or more accurately, meet the man responsible for creating some of his favorite music. We now know there's a big difference, and this "meeting" helped us understand our big guy a little better.
Grace would become painfully shy. Her new role as "autism sibling" would take over. She would grow anxious about many things, with her biggest worries pertaining to her sister and myself.
Sesame Street is the most recent company to take steps to make things a little easier for children with special needs but there are many other companies who have also taken extraordinary steps to make life a little bit easier, a little more fun, for children with autism and other challenges.
We've come a long way together, my boy and I. I help him and try to make things better. But I also celebrate the little wins now, the tangible victories that come when you decide to love your child exactly as they are, without condition.
Today, The Magic Arrows continues to grow. Currently, Sarah is working with a software engineering company to design an iPhone/iPad app for the game for convenience. She anticipates presenting the app at the 2016 NFXF Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
One of the basic wishes most parents share is that their children get along, play, and interact well with others. Most often, these social abilities develop intuitively. But for children who instead struggle with peers, the earlier interventions start, the earlier they catch up. Since both ADHD and autism impact relationships, sorting out the 'why' behind social difficulties is often a first step towards figuring out how to best support this vital area of development.
While our ability to improve brain health is becoming more widespread in the neuroscience community, the general public is still largely unaware of pivotal steps that can be taken to make the brain more resilient to decline or injury and regenerate after cognitive losses.
I grew up watching you. I will never forget the letters and numbers of the day. Some of my favorite characters will always be Cookie Monster and Big Bird. I have many fond memories of Oscar being sullen and poor Snuffy needing to take his time.
This isn't an ask, or a complaint or even a suggestion for the name of the next "Girl of the Year" (although Malala seems nice). It's simply a note to tell you of a lovely lady in New Jersey who has made it her business, and her pleasure, to forward two of your beautiful dolls to my daughters every year.