Thursday, March 4, 2010
Temple Grandin educating others about Autism
If you know and love anyone with autism or on the autism spectrum, you are going to want to keep reading. In my case I have quite a few friends with children on the spectrum and I have a beautiful daughter who is too. I am blessed with three fantastic children all different and special in their own way, I love them each beyond words. Our middle child, born 9 years ago with a heart defect has been a fighter from the start. We spent 5 1/2 weeks in Seattle Children's Hospital (let me give a quick shout out to the wonderful facility that it is, thanks Children's) we finally came home with many meds and a beautiful baby girl. Medically life has always been a series of ups and downs with her, from RSV to Kidney reflux to MRSA staph but as she grew we started noticing other challenges and delays, when we finally got the diagnosis which I had already figured out probably over a year earlier it was bittersweet, now we could finally help her having come to know her and how she works but at the same time it was official, my heart broke, not because I loved her any less for now I loved her even more but because I knew and would now see the struggles that everyday life would be for her. We have both come a long ways, I still experience heartbreak everyday but at the same time we have many joys and accomplishments.
I am sure anyone raising a child on the spectrum has read and goggled and researched everything they can get their hands on, I know I have. Recently with the buzz on the movie on HBO Temple Grandin, I began to research more about her, and have come to discover a wealth of amazing info at my fingertips. These links offer great info for so many, believe me, many friends and family and school teachers will be getting these. I highly recommend taking the time to look them over.