Looking back over this week we really had some big eye opening experiences. It really gave us the push we needed to stop and think about how every encounter is much more different for him than for us. Sunday we hit the road for Denton to get prepared f…
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I would have stopped it, but it was a better alternative than trying to drink from the sanitizer dispenser like earlier in the visit. So I just smiled and said, “Yes, we are so lucky.”
Well, you just came down on orders. In six months from now you’ll be reassigned to a new duty location across the country. You have done this before, but this time you know things will be different. The last time you PCS’d you didn’t have little …
Some family members blow us off. They are not around the girls enough to be impacted by autism. They see the pretty pictures of smiling little girls- and they think that is how it really is.
"Ummm, is that your daughter? She is walking away with the mannequin." I turned around to see CJ trying to push the door open with the Old Navy family dog. She was just standing there…looking at me…ready to shop-lift a mannequin.
When you encounter someone with a disability, do you see a struggle, an inconvenience, a problem? Or, do you see this person as an opportunity to display the works of God?
And perhaps, there will be less stares, fewer comments, and more opportunities for my daughters, and your daughters, and your sons, and your family members, or even you.
Friday morning the phone started ringing at 2:48 AM. A recording told us that there was a tsunami warning in effect for those in low lying areas of San Diego county. Living on an isthmus, with ten miles and a bridge between me and the nearest highway …
Four years ago I picked my mom up at the airport, had a “last meal” of crab legs and a mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen, and set my alarm for 6 AM. I went to bed that night knowing that my life would radically change the next day. But, I never imagined the route it would eventually take.
There is a very real chance our girls will never live on their own. We bid on a home with the thought in the back of our head, “Would we all be able to live comfortably in this home, together, forever?” This is our reality and the reality of millions of families around the world living with autism.
A few weeks ago I heard a very powerful message on shame. It started me thinking about the number of times I have been discussing the girls and their condition, only to hear someone say, “It is such a shame.”
Autism is such a shame.
In case it was not obvious enough when she saw “Autistic” next to CJ’s name on the clipboard, perhaps it may have been a tip when she had an inclusion specialist with her. OR, I will even one up her, when I was wearing the “Race for Autism” t-shirt… there should have been a small thought that something was a little different about CJ.
I am one of those parents that co-sleeps with my children. I can’t blame autism; but it certainly has not helped the situation.
It was hard to leave them behind. But it was a good type of “hard”. The “hard” that makes you realize that you are blessed with the life God has given you.
We know it is not her fault; we could only blame ourselves. We know who she is and how she is. She just wanted an adventure.
And some of us, out of nowhere, are given our destiny. Like Sally Field says in Forest Gump, “I didn’t know it, but I was destined to be your momma.” I did not know it, but the Lord would give me two little girls that would set in motion the plan He had for me.
Recently I read two studies: one linking autism to the amount of time between births and the other linking autism to the proximity of the family to freeways. Seriously? This is the best we can do with our autism research dollars?
In general, the Amish are viewed as outsiders. They are non-conformists in our society. The irony is, all they know is conformity. It is the basis of their entire existence. We see them as odd or out of place. Is this because the majority of our society is so odd and out of place that we view those living a simple and moral lifestyle as outsiders and non-conformists?
She thinks they are “so cute” and wants to be around them. However, when the animal actually attempts to make contact, she loses it- crying, screaming in fear, running away.
Wakefield told people what they wanted to hear. They are not ‘responsible’ for autism. It is not the fault of genetics, or parents, or God. Someone ‘caused’ this, and you are not to blame. And, at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want to hear- whether it is the truth or fiction?
As the backwardly shy and awkward- I can’t believe this girl was not diagnosed with Asperger’s- Ann was given the show’s highest honor, she said, “All these comments about being too tall or just being not normal…” Nigel Barker replied, “Guess what? You’re not normal. You’re America’s Next Top Model.”
So, which is it? Do we want to be normal or not?
I have mentioned that the holidays and special needs children go together like hot chocolate and sushi. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it leaves you a little nauseous…On area I am guilty of doing this is attempting to get the perfect family holiday portrait.