A Dad's Journey

Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in January, 2014

Man, ain’t that the truth.  We’re all getting by on houses made of straw.  Find on a sunny day, but when the wolf comes calling:

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We’re not sure who was the first to christen the carpet in the family room.  It might have been the dog or it may have been one of the boys.  But suffice it to say, it stinks.  The only reason we’re not ripping it up right now is because it’s winter and we can deodorize it for the time being.  My goal is to stop the christening process before we waste good money on a new carpet (Hell, maybe I’ll just buy those carpet squares so I can swap it out as needed.).

It just seems to me before everyone gets all excited about the boys programs or IEP reports, we should be able to have a conversation about proper hygiene (see the above subject title).  I mean for crying out loud, is that too much to ask?

 

Wow, I didn’t make one post last month.  At some point, you need to decide if you’re going to continue this blog or just shut it down.  For the past year, I’ve mostly just posted relevant articles, but stayed clear of my own life with my twin autistic boys.  Sometimes, it’s easier to keep autism at a distance.  For this year (Yes, I’m committed to one more year), I will look to make more personal comments.

Susan asked me this morning (at 6am for God’s Sake!) to fill in the boys worksheets basically detailing what they did on Winter Break.  I wrote about swimming, sledding and visiting family members.  But I was embarrassed to think of how little time was working with them and helping them advance their limited social and cognitive skills.

It’s easy to take all the praise from friends and family about what a great job you’re doing.  But then you find yourself taking a deep look and realizing you could do a lot better.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I will make a conscious effort to sit down with the boys and make measurable progress on “something”. Whether it’s reading, math, chores or recognizing social expressions.

At the end of the day, we can all do better, especially this dad.