Friday, May 20, 2016

Summer + Water + Autism = Fear

Even though it's still a bit cool in some areas of the country, we need to go ahead and start prepping for a safe summer.

Many children with Autism can wander away and many are very attracted to water. That is not a good combination and sadly leads to too many tragedies every year. Here are some ideas on keeping your loved one safe this summer while still having the fun they deserve!

Doctor Offers Advice On Keeping Autistic Children Safe Near Water

Summer Safety Tips for Parents of Childten with Autism and Other Special Needs

Four Keys to Water Safety for Autistic Childten

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Our Next President: Can We Pick Door #3?

I'm not a fan of either of the two likely future presidential candidates. I know Bernie Sanders won't win, but if you google his name and "disabilities", you can see a very good platform explaining how he would help a large group of United States citizens that are often ignored.
So if I'm going to base my vote on who has addressed Autism/Disabilities and actually has a plan they will implement, this is what Google tells me:

Donald Trump:
Hilary Clinton:
There's no bias here. I just used Google and picked the article within the first few listed that applied the most.

I don't particularly like Hilary, but she does at least claim she will help people with disabilities. Hilary also isn't known to be the most honest politician. If elected, would she follow through with her claims?
Sadly, when you Google "Donald Trump" and "Autism" the whole first page contains articles on how Trump thinks vaccines cause Autism. I tried "Donald Trump" and "disabled" and the first page contains articles about Trump making fun of a disabled reporter.
So here's how I eloquently describe the next presidential election: Yuck.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sometimes It's Not Worth the Laugh

You think things are getting better and people are becoming more educated. Tonight the tv just happened to be on E and Tosh.o was on. He showed a video of a woman being hit in the abdomen and then made a joke "she would now have a kid with Autism".

Not much on tv shocks me anymore, but that did. It made me both angry and sad. I will never watch anything related to Daniel Tosh again. I pray he never has a special needs child. He doesn't deserve it.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day? Yes.

Mother's Day can cause a lot of mixed emotions for mothers of children with special needs. In many cases the child doesn't understand the concept of the day, the same way they don't understand Christmas or birthdays. You know your child loves you without a doubt, but a part of your heart longs for those homemade cards scribbled with crayon and colored macaroni necklaces. The same things you remember making for your mom on that special day.

I don't have any words of wisdom. I wish I did. Just know your feelings are completely valid and this does not mean you don't love your child more than anything in the world. This is just like the other milestones we don't get to celebrate or we celebrate much later than other parents.

I know it's hard, but try and focus on how your child shows you how he/she loves you on a daily basis. It could be words, a hug, a smile or even just a look. Take that and think of how many times those signs happen in a year. Now hold on to that thought for a while. There. That is your macaroni necklace. It doesn't wrap around your neck, but it does wrap around your heart.

With love,
Boog's Mommy

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