Grateful to You!

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I have a love/hate relationship with Mondays. On the one hand, I’m devastated that a fun weekend has come to a close. But, on the other hand, I love the idea of a clean slate and a fresh new week. So many opportunities and things to be accomplished!

Last week was a notable week for many reasons. First, I want to express my gratitude to the many veterans who have selflessly served our country. Without your sacrifices, I may not have the freedom of speech to blog, or indeed live my life as I wish, and I appreciate you.

Hope wrote “thank you” letters to our family members who have served.

I’d also like to say thank you, so very much, to my friends and readers who shared my previous post, My blog generally gets about 40-50 hits for a new post, and I’m grateful for every reader.  It’s my hope that what I write will be an encouragement, especially to families that are just starting their special needs journeys.

But, that post really seemed to hit a nerve! In the five days since I’ve published, my blog has received about 475 hits. I’ve had several comments, especially on my Facebook page, about how difficult it can be to correct or teach our children in public. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading, sharing and letting me know that I’m not alone in this journey. It means so much!

Last week was also notable because Brad got an extra day of weekend, and we love having him at home with us! We took a field trip on Saturday to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and we had a great time. The beautiful, complex and endlessly unique varieties of fish make me so thankful for a God who creates so many wonders for us to enjoy.

This little penguin was captivated by Gray. He stayed like this for the longest time!
Hope was captivated by the jellyfish.

On Sunday, we went to church and then to small group at our friends’ home. At some point, I’m going to write a post about the awesome ministry our church has for people with special needs, and about a very wonderful event coming up that has me so excited!

But now it’s Monday, and we’re looking to the week ahead. in addition to regular schoolwork, we’ve got some extra appointments. Hope has a doctor’s visit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Because of an unfortunate incident the last time we used public transportation, the train is no longer an option for us. So I’ll be driving there and back. Not my favorite thing!

I also received this comment on my Facebook page about my last post, “I guess I would say, you can’t protect her always, and she needs to learn on her own about personal boundaries and at some point someone (else), will correct her, which will become part of what she needs to learn…meanwhile she’s “reading” these mom’s and so far it’s been a non-issue, in fact they may have enjoyed her gift of saying “hello” in the way she says it. I guess I would say, correct her, but also allow the process?”

I appreciate this comment so much. The fact is, though, that this approach isn’t successful for a large percentage of our children with developmental disabilities. The reasons are many and complex, and I’ve been thinking about how to best explain for the past several days.

This is a great chance to educate and discuss, and I’m working on a blog post to answer this comment. I’m hoping to have it published in the next couple of days, but if you have any input or experiences to share, please feel free to leave a comment here or on Facebook (my link is at the bottom of the post).

So again, thank you for the part you played in helping me with my previous post, and for taking the time to read my posts. I’m honored that you are spending some of your valuable time with me. Now, on to the week ahead!


2 thoughts on “Grateful to You!”

  1. I appreciate her post as well. There are many things our kids will have to learn the hard way, like how to make change and how to have a 2-sided conversation. Everything they learn can be difficult. When it comes to personal space, touching others, and appropriate affection, that takes on a whole new meaning because there are a lot of big emotions tied to those things. Feel free to use my son as an example if you’d like. He used to kiss everyone’s hand and then he would go in to kiss the tops of heads of smaller kids. When he hit 5′ tall and was only 8 years old and wanted to kiss a little girl who was about 3, her mom about beat him up. Had I not been there to explain, she would would have accosted my son. As parents, allowing the process to take place is important, but not at the risk of their personal safety. I completely understood that mom protecting her little girl just as she understood my protecting my son.
    Here’s the other point for me – autistic kids learn by positive reinforcement. If they are reinforced 100 times (Moms allowing Grace to get a hug and kiss) they will continue the behavior. If someone decides they don’t like it, that one time denial could be very traumatic for her. The “normal” process isn’t “normal” for our kiddos.
    You’re a better writer than I am. Just wanted you to have D as an example if you’d like and to acknowledge the positive reinforcement factor.

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