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Michael Gave Me A Treat This Halloween!

October 31, 2012   Comments (0)

Everyday Life



Michael Gave Me A Treat This Halloween!Certain events and holidays are often difficult for us Autism Parents. Halloween has always been one of those emotional times for me, enviously watching as all of the neurotypical kids race from house to house, gathering as much candy as possible while dressed in their carefully planned and elaborate costumes.

When Michael was a little boy, we tried desperately every year to get him to participate in the festivities but he would have none of it. Costumes were completely meaningless to him; he hated candy and going to a person's front door without being able to step inside and rummage through their cupboards to find out what videos they owned frustrated him to no end.

Tonight however, was different. Just shy of his eighteenth birthday, Michael actually asked to go trick-or-treating. After pulling together a cowboy costume in seconds flat, we were out the door. It was raining, but I didn't care. I proudly escorted him from door to door, beaming with pride at this latest "development".

Make no mistake, this newfound interest didn't come out of nowhere. Michael and his team of highly dedicated and talented therapists have worked hard to get him to where he is today. It is through his ABA program that Michael has learned so many of those things that do not come naturally to a person who has Autism... how to engage in pretend play, how to imitate another's actions, how to do something as simple as say "thank-you" when someone gives you a piece of candy.

My eyes welled with tears watching all of those years of hard work pay off. While Michael still has a long road ahead of him, he continues to make progress and show the world that no one can underestimate anyone's potential - even if they have Autism. At any age, we are all capable of learning, growing and developing.


October 31, 2012   Comments (0)

Everyday Life

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