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Just like my son I have my high and low days. My little guy is non-verbal (he says words here and there but not on a high active level. For now ... bless it be ...) but he adores music and of course technology. Repeating parts of songs in his own special way whether it's lyrics or a sound of an instrument over and over and over and over again. You may actually hear him say it, sometimes he'll hum or make a noise that matches the length of the word or note. This can be the cutest thing and some days ehhhhhh... hearing the ending note of backyardagains over 10 times can work a nerve BUT that's when we break out the headphones. (Hey I'm being honest, you want to experience my journey I give it to you REAL. The Good, Bad, Joy & Pain)
Anyway, I am always looking for much needed pick me ups when I'm haivng a rough day or moments of " what if .... wonders" many of us special needs parents have. I came across this video a year ago and this video right here always makes me say LOOK AT GOD !! It's from the UK show Autistic Superstars where they showcase kids with autism and the abilities they have developed. This young man has huge trouble with communicating but through music he has a voice.
I love it, the first time I viewed it I CRIED I mean my G Wall (G-Wall- A wall you create to guard yourself from expressing emotion. One of my many momo-ism a language you will soon learn, understand and love !) came tumbling down in front of my computer screen for a moment. Emotions of joy, excitement, and even some of my what if' thoughts all balled up into a bunch of tears. It made me smile to see the way he rocks to music resembles my little Young Fresh. His pitch is close to perfect no lessons naturally given. This video is one of my golden nuggets, my pick me up, my keep on working and believing for Young Fresh future motivation. I don't know what the future holds for my son but having inspiration and faith boosters is always helpful.
The more I research, the more I see how amazing these individuals can be on all levels of the spectrum the more it assures me they were made to remind us that uniqueness is just that, it comes in rare forms most of the time uncomprehensible to man and how blessed am I to have a part of this uniqueness that's been placed on this earth. Enjoy the video !!
Chow for now,
I love when parents create resources and outlets for not only their children but other awesome kids as well. This lovely lady I not only follow on youtube for her hair and beauty reviews but I follow her because she too is a parent of two uniquely made young men. Check out her story.
Being a mother of a special needs child and they have a sibling that isn't, many people ask me how did I, do I or will I explain Autism to my childs sibling or others. Honestly at first when his sister started to ask why he did some of the things he would do I would tell her things like " Seany like many other kids is a little different than you so he does things and sees things in a different way." With research, resources & etc that eventual evolved to " Seany has Autism which means his brain thinks and does things differently than yours and mine, some things your brother has trouble doing so we have to help him but there are also amazing things your brother can do and we should always cheer ." We talk about Autism often so our daughter and extended family young and old are familiar. For those that want to have resources or link to help explain Autism to children or simple terminology here are some links:
You too can LIGHT IT UP BLUE for Autism. On APRIL 2ND take a picture showing how you LIGHT IT UP BLUE for Autism. You can post on Facebook just please make sure you tag ArtisteMonique in the photo so it can be apart of our Pieces of Me: Light it Blue for 2012 photo album. You can also tweet a pic and @ me @artistemonique or you can email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell a friend to tell a friend. Let's make a small gesture to acknowledge and show support to those that are on the Autism Spectrum and their families. I hope to see your pics April 2nd !! Get your BLUE ready !! :) (Any color blue will be greatly appreciated)
Chow for now
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Save the Date !!! April 2nd 2012 is Light it up BLUE for Autism Awareness.
On this day many people, organizations, public building and etc will participate . The Empire State Building in NYC and various places across the WORLD lit the sky with blue lights last year in honor of this day, people wore the color blue, walk their neighborhoods with blue signs reading " I support Autism Awareness " and so many other creative things to support the Light it up Blue campaign. I'll be posting snippets of some of the things I'll be doing for the Light it up Blue campaign as well as the April is Autism Awareness Month campaign . Did you know that An estimated 1 in 110 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum - a 600 percent increase in the past two decades that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis. Sooooo, I ask you; what are YOU going to do to light it up BLUE for Autism on April 2nd ???
Feel free to send pics to email@example.com and I will post them on the blog as well as my Facebook. Put your name (your twitter name as well) where you are from and how you Light it up BLUE.
My son, family, the huge number of people and families that live and deal with Autism everyday Thanks you.
Chow for now .......
I'm a wife and mother of twins(a girl and a boy) the boy twin is on the Autism spectrum. Autism is often referred to as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - because people with autism represent a broad group of people with varying degrees of disability. People on the autism spectrum normally have problems in three areas: social interaction, communicating with others, and behavioral challenges. My husband and I are passionate about helping our son as well as others affected by Autism so often in this section of the blog you will see articles and info about Autism related subjects. I hope this page will not be ignored and you visit often. Let's gain knowledge, read and understand information so we can teach and inform others.
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Purpose of this blog is to share the experiences of having a child with autism, to inform those unaware and to continue to be a voice.
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