This blog strikes close to home. While our son Cooper is “high functioning”, a diagnosis we are grateful for, we have been through the diner wars and The Mapleleaf Diner in our home town has not only been a safe space as a training ground for Cooper but he has also become a favorite diner there. We are far from out of the woods, just this last week while Cooper and I, accompanied by his sisters, went on a regular train trip Cooper became agitated by his lack of ability to control the situation and expressed himself too loud & a train customer decided to scold him as he disembarked the train. It took several hours to pull Cooper back together that day and the next train trip will be a tense one for me since I was never able to pinpoint his agitation that day.
I am grateful people are growing in their understanding of this disease, but I am even more grateful for people, including my friend Claire who wrote this original blog, to the people advocating for this puzzling disease.
When I began this blog nearly two years ago, it was with the intention of spreading kindness and sharing good news stories. That has changed a bit, but I still like to share things I read about or see – I have been using my “Random Kindness Tour” button on my site, where I share videos or stories I find on the internet. I have added a lot of them there. Once in awhile though, something is shared with me that I want others to see and spread as well.
Today, a friend from college shared this link. She has an autistic daughter and she is her biggest advocate. I have learned so much about autism from her. My nephew is “on the autism spectrum” as well. This “What Would You Do?” story sheds some light onto the daily struggles families dealing with autism go through on a…
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