Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
President Obama and Vice President Biden are committed to supporting Americans with Autism Spectrum Disorders (“ASD”), their families, and their communities. There are a few key elements to their support, which are as follows:
- First, President Obama and Vice President Biden support increased funding for autism research, treatment, screenings, public awareness, and support services. There must be research of the treatments for, and the causes of, ASD.
- Second, President Obama and Vice President Biden support improving life-long services for people with ASD for treatments, interventions and services for both children and adults with ASD.
- Third, President Obama and Vice President Biden support funding the Combating Autism Act and working with Congress, parents and ASD experts to determine how to further improve federal and state programs for ASD.
- Fourth, President Obama and Vice President Biden support universal screening of all infants and re-screening for all two-year-olds, the age at which some conditions, including ASD, begin to appear. These screenings will be safe and secure, and available for every American that wants them. Screening is essential so that disabilities can be identified early enough for those children and families to get the supports and services they need.
I am thankful that we have elected a eloquently spoken and wonderful president that is going to do his best to bring about change in this world we are living in as well as offering hope to those who were starting to think all hope was lost. It won't happen over night, and as we all know, this will take some time. But he can, and he will, get the ball rolling. I realize there are those who beg to differ. That's OK...you have that right. Just remember, a closed/narrow mind is a wasted one! This election was a true showing of what democracy is all about in this country. If you still feel closed minded concerning our president, his abilities, or his race then I feel as though maybe you should step back and reevaluate. This is 2009. You may live in small town or rural area that hasn't caught up with the rest of the country, but times are changing and people are coming together to help make that change. All I can say is...we are all created equal and it is about time!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday we had a day of relaxing and then it was off to his friends birthday party. It's one of his best buddies at school but I do not think they are very good influences for each other at times. They both have alot going on and tend to help each other get in trouble. They are really good pals so we just pray when he is at school that they are learning to manage and make better choices when one or the other is doing something they shouldn't. It doesn't always go well though. That being said we get the invitation only to realize it is going to be a Laser Quest...a laser tag center here in Charlotte where you play laser tag in the DARK of course. Lots of loud music, black lights, skeletons, monster like things hanging around...etc...etc... Ok....just to give some background here...let me backtrack. Greyson was 5 yrs. old and we headed to Disney not knowing he had Aspergers or any sensory issues...none of the above. We just thought he was rather eccentric and a little unusual. The very first ride we go on at Universal was the Lilo and Stitch ride. Who the hell would have thought that this ride be our ultimate demise for the rest of the trip. We go in and they strap each of us individually into a seat...Greyson between us. They start the story about how they captured Stitch and we all see him in front of us in the glass tube moving around and talking and screaming. Then it happens...the flicker and go out, they scream Stitch is loose...then you feel the shoulder harness on your seat going up and down like Stitch is jumping on your shoulders, you hear him spitting and they spray your face lightly with water, you hear him burping and they spray some God awful smell like chili dog burps in your face and on and on....Can I just say our kid is freaking out and screaming the whole time. Greyson was totally freaked out and terrified and we like to NEVER got him calmed down. He wouldn't ride anything after that if it even looked slightly dark...which is almost everything there by the way. We backed out of more lines than I can tell you. In line only to find that at some point we had to enter a dark area to ride. NOT!!!!! Excuse us...Excuse us...Excuse us....You get the picture! Michele was ill and putting saying how we had wasted all of our money and he was happy as a clam...as long as we stayed out of the dark areas. hahaha. One of those situations where you look back now and its funny but its not. Well that wasn't the only time we messed him up! It was just the beginning....The last time I traumatized him was Disney on Ice-Monsters, Inc. he was soooooo excited saying mommy Lynn....I really want to go to that! I thought great I'll get really good seats and he will be soooo excited. So I go online and get seats in what I thought was the area just above the ice. You know the ones...the boxes right near the ice but not on top of it. So off we go...the day has arrived. we get in and get some very high priced snacks and a souvenir for him and head to our seats. we hand our tickets to the attendant who proceeds to take us down past where I think we are sitting and onto the ice. I tell Michele she is mistaken...we will have to go back up in a minute. NO! I have managed to acquire seats right on the ICE! I could have touched it with my toes! Good Lord! I am thinking well....we might be OK....he doesn't like the dark but we are here and we can get through this. Well...they turn out the lights and he is getting antsy and scared....Then here come the Monsters, Inc guys.....Mike, Randall, and to top it off Sully! all the others were there too skating around and they were HUGE! Then to send him over the edge...Randall...the really mean one stops in front of us waving his 50 arms and his big mouth full of sharp teeth...standing over us at about 8 ft tall, it seems, while Greyson is screaming. Needless to say Michele or I had to take him out into the coliseum several times to calm down. We finally gave up and left at intermission. Unbelievable! 3 Tickets (good seats) to Disney on Ice-Monsters, Inc.-$120 Snacks at major Disney event-$45....Crappy dollar store Disney Souvenirs-$35....Scaring the shit out of your child who has Aspergers and Sensory Issues unbeknownst to you....PRICELESS!!!!!!!! Ahhhhh......I look back now and wonder how much damage we did without even knowing....poor guy. He is being loved to death! :) Now that you know his background with stuff that tingles and tantalizes the senses of most..you will fully understand our apprehension to the Laser Quest. We primed him telling him momom could go in with him and he could play laser with his buddies....well...we get there and it is loud, teenagers mostly everywhere, painted in dark colors with video games all over and he says...I'm scared! So....we still pay for Michele to go in and then wait our parties turn to go. He and Michele play games while they wait. Suddenly it is time...he decides he will go in with momom and they are headed in after being briefed. He follows all of his friends, gets to the door where he sees an big hairy scary monster thing hanging or painted on the wall and he starts to cry and won't go in. He played video games while his friends played laser....after we calmed him down. They came out and told him all about it which reinforced his theory that the place was evil! hahahaaaaa They all ate cake and headed back in for round 2. He was only too happy to patiently await their arrival back since he was not having any part of going into the darkness. Not even his friends could convince him otherwise. He was not happy and talked about how scary it was all night. We started to go to bed and it was very late....he had not watched Bee Movie because he had been preoccupied watching his cartoons. Well....at midnight when we cut the lights out he started freaking out screaming....I can't get that place out of my head....I need Bee Movie! Needless to say Bee Movie was put into the player....whatever it does it seems to work for him...we on the other hand were exhausted and just ready to sleep. Thank goodness he did not last long after that. Long story short...no more laser tag for us! Add one more to our history of taking him to places we know are going to be trouble...and this time we had NO excuses except that it was his buddies birthday and he couldn't miss that...even though he did kinda miss the meat of it! Oh well....add the lesson onto the list and keep going. :) Hope you all have a great week! MLK Day & the Historic Inauguration of Obama! Bring it on! Hugs....
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
He seemed to have a good day at school...although he did show up with some pictures that he cut out & pasted to construction paper. Having a neurotic moment, I was a little uneasy at some of the pictures that he had chosen to cut out. A grouping of several small planes crashed and upside down...I assume from a tornado or something that hit a small airport...several shots of dogs (and one USMC devil dog tattoo)...a gun in someones hand?....a golden key....a volcano...a Jeep submerged in water...and a teddy bear? What's the thought process...then again...he is mini me so there is never rhyme or reason to anything... I was asking him, "what is this?" and "why did you put it on here?"....while Michele tells me...quit analyzing it! hahahahaaaaaa I guess I get a little carried away at times. Seriously though...I can't have him going all Anakin Skywalker on me and changing over to the dark side! :) (In case you do not know me well enough...that was my lame attempt to be funny since he LOVES Star Wars!) Anyway...things are going well and I have a plea in to Mr Mike to help us with the "I'm a bad boy" stuff....His OT is also constantly working each week on his body awareness and managing his surroundings better. Hopefully in time things will start to improve. He has made improvements already in many areas but still needs quite a bit of work in others. That's ok....this is a lesson in patience for me and Michele and I think we are coming along rather well too. Stop that laughing grandma! You too dad! (Just so you know...neither of them is still here in the earthly sense.) Well...he is playing Star Wars Lego on the wii and in a few we will....you guessed it, watch Bee movie! Quiz me next time you see me....I bet I could answer just about anything about that damn movie now! Not to brag....if you are jealous I would be glad to loan it out...but you have to have it back before bedtime! (and the late fees are atrocious!!!!) hahaha Goodnight all....love & hugs...and all that mushy stuff.
OK...one last thing before I sign off...I just heard my son scream while playing Star Wars LEGO....oh watch out...don't go that way...oh look out...Oh What the hell!? I screamed, "Son...we don't say that!..(Ok...I lied...We do...I just don't want him repeating it!) Anyway...he says, "I'm sorry, I'm Sorry...I didn't mean it! (Sigh).....Lord we have to watch what we are saying....I mean seriously...What the hell? :0