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April 2019 Volume 5 Issue 1
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THE 'TOOCHIE' GRAPE!
In honor of Autism Awareness Month I want to share a funny story about my oldest son, who has a diagnosis of Autism and Intellectual Disability.  Thanks for indulging me...  

I recently heard this cackling of laughter coming from the kitchen.  There was a hilarity in it's tone and he and his sister were just out of control with hysterics.  I followed the sounds to see what the ruckus was about.  As I walked into the room he looked at me, looked at his sister and looked at me again and burst out laughing.  Tears welling up in his eyes.

I asked what was so funny?  He opened his palm and I saw the grape.  He said, "Sissy said it look like a toochie!"  With that another bout of laughter with a flush of embarrassment on his face.   

In moments like those...  looking at the handsome face of this innocent twenty-two year old man; I always feel such a surge of love and joy knowing his journey, mixed with extreme pride appreciating how far he has come. 

So this month, I celebrate my children and all individuals on the spectrum who've found uncontrollable laughter with a story similar to his "tush-y" grape!  May their joy be interminable.  
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VISUAL SUPPORTS MATTER

I was reminding my eight year old with Autism for the umpteenth time to  lather his hands with soap before putting them under the water.   I was reminding him that lathering with soap and warm water is what actually cleans his hands.  

My son sighed and gently stated:  “Mom, can you make a picture and put it on the wall?  That way I can see it and remember the rule?    His years of ABA therapy has helped him with problem solving and self advocating...  Truly a PROUD moment!

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