A Dad's Journey

Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in February, 2017

The most nagging fear for any autistic parent is what happens to your kids when you’re gone (or at least no longer able to care for them).   The shortage of adult housing has been well documented.  The nation’s appetite for taking care of the less fortunate is probably at an all time low.

I’m writing this as a wake up call to myself.  Over the next five years, I need to develop a plan, a realistic plan to take the boys through adulthood.  That starts with housing, but includes vocational work, a sense of purpose, as happy a life as they can possible have.

 

All I need now is a plan. housing

Basketball

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Probably no other sport interests my 16 year old twin boys than basketball.

Soccer, no interest.

Baseball, OK they like to hit, but play the outfield?  They’d rather watch grass grow.

Football, they do OK, but it’s a complex game.

Basketball, on the other hand, seems to speak to them.  Put the damn ball through the net.  Yeah, we can do that.  basketball

Now, both Michael and Sean are playing basketball at school Monday & Wednesday.  They also play at a Challenger Youth Program on Saturday Mornings.  And we have a family shoot around on Sunday Mornings.

If only dad could still remember how to put the damn ball through the hoop.