1. Maureen
    December 6, 2021 @ 10:58 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and am impressed with Jack. He’s blossomed into his own best self. He’s inspiring, and so are you.
    I’m taking notes. My son enters his teenage years in just a few weeks. I’m terrified of independence but yearn for it too.

    Have you ever written about how you taught him to do laundry, bake/cook, look after his things – life skills? I’m sure many of us would scoop up tips and tricks you could offer.


  2. joanndcarlson
    December 6, 2021 @ 11:44 am

    Carrie – when I read your words, it blesses me. I volunteer where we have adults with autism come in with their moms/dads. I understand more what living with autism is like. I have family members with autism who live at a distance but I visited them in October. Happy times and I know that the parents are doing their all to support/treasure these kids. I see them exhausted from times that sleep doesn’t happen. Bless you as you see Jack approaching graduation.


  3. Susie
    December 7, 2021 @ 5:16 pm

    I feel the same; no-one captures my son either and they all get him wrong. My other son is effortlessly seen, appreciated, liked and I feel so (guiltily) numb to it at times because I know my other son’s heart but no-one cares. People just see what’s obvious and easy to see.

    Thank you again for sharing feelings which are so complex and not many parents share. It really helps (especially as my 8 year old is currently anxious/obsessed about wind atm, reading about Jack going through the same phase has helped immensely). I hope Jack finds a programme which suits him.


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