Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Update

I haven't posted in a while and it is because I have been pretty sad. I really would like to only put hopeful and successful posts on here to encourage the parents who read my blog, but the truth of it is there are sad times and there are times where you don't feel hopeful. We have seen improvement and I am very grateful for that. My son now will look in my eyes and not look away and that in itself is wonderful. I just more than anything want to know what Will is trying to say. He will look up at me and chat away and I have no idea. I just say stuff like "really" or " oh, I think so too", etc. but I really have no clue. It breaks my heart over and over.

He has started some stimming again and I can only attribute that to the fact that we are out of some of his supplements right now due to finances. (I have them on order right now, so we will be back on track soon!!) It has been six months since I applied for Will's Disability benefits from Social Security and we still don't have an answer, apparently they still aren't convinced that he has Autism. Maybe I should invite them over for an afternoon to babysit, ha!

Holidays are going to be difficult. Family is wonderful, but it is always hard for me to be around other kids. I see just how different Will is and that is hard. But Will has fun with his cousins and I love to see that.

I have Jenny McCarthys new book
Mother Warriors so hopefully that will give me some motivation. Now, I just have to find the time to read it : )

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thank you Autism Society of America-Georgia Chapter



This last Saturday Kevin, Taylor, Will and I went to see Madagascar 2, a Sensory Friendly Film that was hosted by Autism Society of America- Georgia Chapter and AMC Theaters. They keep the sound lower, the lights aren't as dark, and the silence is golden policy isn't enforced (which is actually a good thing for our 8 year, old Taylor) ~
It was great! With a child with Autism we would never have gone to the movie theater to see a film, much less with an Autistic 2 year old! But this weekend Will saw his first real movie in a real movie theater. We didn't have to worry about anyone staring because his hands were on his ears or because he wanted to walk up and down the steps. It was a stress free outing and we don't have a lot of those. He actually watched most of the movie! There was probably about 70-80 people there and no one cared that some of the kids needed to play their Nintendo or some kids made noises. We all were connected by the same journey in life and I felt a sort of camaraderie between everyone. We had a wonderful time and will definitely make this a monthly outing!