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Autism: Every Day a New Beginning!
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Awareness is the key!

I am an accountant and secondary education instructor and course designer but my real passion is Autism Awareness. Ever since my son was diagnosed with Autism, I have tried to make his life the best possible.

My wife and I have been married for almost 20 years and she even beat Thyroid Cancer but we weren’t prepared for the challenges Evan presented. We are both focused completely on him and want everyone to understand him and all those on the spectrum.

Color Me Rad, Special Olympics, bread, sunglasses--- all in one week!

August 27, 2013 | 09:12 PM

What a day today was! Pretty standard day--- get up, get Evan ready for "school", take him to school and go to the gym afterwards and saw one of our neighbors we haven't seen outside due to the heat! (Very good Spin class by the way!) Rest of the morning and afternoon was pretty normal and uneventful. Then it got interesting. Some good, some expected but another day.

Evan started his new therapy today to increase the number of food items that he will eat. He basically now has a very limited "self-approved" list of foods. We can try as we might to get him to branch out but with no success. He was to eat part of piece of bread (he has never had bread before) in order to get an edible reward. Unfortunately he was not interested at all. Try as they might the therapist was unable to get him to put it in his mouth. This was not a big surprise but would have been nice. They will continue the therapy daily though until success and mastering is complete. Who knows maybe he'll eat a sandwich someday. Will update as needed-

We are also starting a sunglass/hat therapy so he will wear either one occasionally. Evan not only won't wear them, he also has gone up to people wearing hats and try to take them off of them. While we are at the Y swimming, sitting around the pool with a hat on can be risky. He even threw his friend Miles' hat in the reservoir while on a boat ride. Time will tell I guess. This therapy went better as he would wear the glasses for a short time. Baby steps!

Success has occurred on many levels with his therapy so expect these to be equally successful. Evan now doesn't throw himself down; he is able to wait for his choices; and even better he is potty-trained. The latter success was almost 2 weeks of an intensive process but it worked the first time. The therapists even came to our home for the first few days to integrate the process at home. We couldn't be happier with the therapy.

On a side note, I was also asked to be on the Board at Answers for Autism--- Obviously I accepted. My wife and I are also doing some videos at his school for us to make others aware of the center. We couldn't be happier to do it. I look forward to being able to help out as much as I can, wherever I can.

I also completed the Color Me Rad 5K in Fort Wayne over the weekend. The 5K was fine but I do not like to be that dirty with paint and cornstarch but it was for Special Olympics. Our team, set up by my sister-in-law was named Evan's Avengers. I can't thank all the participants enough. The picture is from the run.

Awareness is the key!


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