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Parenting, hindsight and independence
Being the parent of an autistic child (or any child with additional needs) brings a whole load of extra challenges and expectations. I can’t speak for parents of those with the highest support needs, but as a ‘can almost pass for normal some of the time if the conditions are perfect’ autistic parent of a ‘can sometimes almost pass for normal if the conditions are perfect and he wants to’ autistic kid, it’s not as simple as intellectual ability plus verbal skills equals capable of independent living immediately upon reaching adulthood.
Despite the fact we know that autistic people often have ‘spiky profiles’*, ‘uneven development’ and ‘splinter skills’ there can be a lot of pressure to ‘support development’ and ‘encourage independence’. We often internalise the message that we need to be pushing our children to ‘keep up’, ‘catch up’ and ‘make progress’, and can be left…
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The other day I was having a conversation with someone I have known on and off since my teenage years – before I was diagnosed. I was talking to her about my life and work. She asked me an odd question – ‘Do you work from home?’ I said that no I work in an office building with my colleagues. Then she asked how I got there. I told her I took the bus. Suddenly that terrible look came across her face. I’m not very good at reading looks but I usually I know this one all too well. She looked at me like I was a confused toddler and said ‘oh well done for getting the bus!’ as if of all my accomplishments that was the most impressive. The fact that the skills needed to do the work which I go to after I get off the bus are…
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I hope you enjoy
these bearku I made for you.
I think they are nice.
I found a sharp rock.
It bit me inside my mouth.
Why did it do this?
The river has fish.
The grass has all the insects.
Where do I belong?
I do not eat snails.
They are simply too crunchy,
but slugs feel just fine.
Why am I a bear
when so many are not bears?
Can’t we all be bears?
Cold air finds a way
to let you know it is here.
Where is my hot air?
Human caves: pros, cons
Pros: quite warm, almost no deer
Cons: so much yelling
It is hard to trust
when even the sun and moon
can’t stay in one place.
Tress do not have names.
But I will call this one Ted.
Ted seems very nice.
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Two roses stand strong
within their protective thorns.
Entwined by years of friendship
they share secrets, thoughts, laughter, and tears.
They sway with the whispering breeze
as they bloom and grow.
Mesmerizing all with the wisdom of their ageless beauty.
©Alexis Rose; image: pexels.com
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[I just write something out whatever on my mind. I simply called it “Random Thoughts” and add some words that’s in this post. Later on I’ll add some more “Random Thoughts”. I called it “Random Thoughts” because I couldn’t think of a title and to me it seems like each part is different from one another.]
Something beyond that point of life shall fill the air. The air is filled with wonders. Getting hold of it through that spiritual moment. Seeing it like a soothing method. Seeing it very peaceful.
There’s that light of day. Spreading its arms out wide. It will take that moment in a relief. A relief that can bring that strong feeling of life.
That smile has an opening moment. Holding it against a bright of day. Feeling a lot joyful that ever. Leading up into a peaceful standard. It’s like filling that perfect dream. A…
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In preparation for Lent we share the following article from Roslyne Smith‘s book, Animal Welfare: Through The Cross, A Collection of Animal Christian Concern Articles. You can order her book here. The article is one of my (Kathy’s) favorites and is written by Roslyne! As I re-read her fine penmanship, I was reminded how much our Lord suffered for us – the innocent taking the place of those who are far from innocent, not only to save us but to restore the created order for all life and the entire cosmos.
During a recent nostalgic visit to my birthplace, I stood for a while gazing at the house where virtually all of my childhood memories of my mother have been. She died when I was just four years old, following a long battle with cancer, leaving my father to look after three children…
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I really enjoy making things. That goes for creating intangible things like written works and computer programs, but I really find it satisfying to make something tangible with my hands. So I’ve picked up a number of crafting skills over the years, some more in-depth than others. I tend to cycle through them over a long enough period that I end up having to re-learn things when I return to them, but I also pick up skills fairly quickly so it works out fine.
Lately I’ve been focused on crochet; earlier this month I made a pair of fingerless gloves for an old friend I’ve gotten back in touch with, and another pair for my husband. I just started getting back into chainmail crafting as well. I’ve mostly made chainmail jewelry in the past, but I’m working on a new dice bag now, since I’ve also gotten back into playing…
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