By Kelly Harland
Kelly Harland's tales discover her son's existence to the age of 14, and the recent and unforeseen universe she and her husband - either specialist musicians - needs to discover ways to navigate with him. Will's fears, anxieties and obsessions can dominate everyday life, creating a journey to the grocer look like a stroll throughout a minefield. yet amidst those unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of ask yourself. whilst Will eventually learns the provide and take of dialog or goals approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that something is feasible.
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Friends I had a goal growing up, and the goal was to find a friend. For some reason I couldn’t find any for years. Maybe it was the fact that I was an only child who was moved around by my parents eight or nine times before I reached the age of seven. There was a pivotal moment in my first grade class, a class I was a part of for only a couple of months before we moved again, which is etched in my mind. The LA sun beat down on the playground. I had managed to luck out, and cute blonde Debbie with the nice dresses had allowed me to attach myself to her.
I can busy my hands though, in a regular task designed to please him and make him feel safe, and somehow in the little moments of doing it I can feel safe too. In spite of all the dangers, and of the times when he has languished in the classroom and seemed somehow unreachable, William mostly carries himself proudly through his elementary school days. He does extremely well in the math department. With assistance, he has been known to fly through standardized tests. He roller skates in the gym, he goes happily on every field trip, he reads aloud before his class.
For William, a trip to the park to visit a four-dryer men’s room seemed as fabulous as a visit to Disney World would seem to most other kids. We tried to talk him out of these obsessions, of course, and behavioral and occupational therapists worked to try to influence him in the same way, but no breakthrough came. So we gave our son his joy. We rode up and down a hundred escalators, and went to the aquarium so he could race past green sea life on his way to the green exit signs. We stood patiently as he pressed the magic button on automatic hand dryers from one end of the city to another.
A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism by Kelly Harland