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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas & Autism: A Perspective

Our five year old son Isaac has been diagnosed with Apraxia (the inability to say what you want to say when you want to say it) and Autism, which means Isaac experiences the world in a different way (including holidays) and he makes sure YOU do too. 


This is our fifth Christmas with Isaac,...and we've learned a lot in five years,
about ourselves, and our son, and about what is important in life. 
The gift of autism is that it strips away EVERYTHING but the bare essentials,
No social-mumbo-jumbo
No insincerity
Life - as is.


Photo shoots in the morning,....



Santa Isaac is still sleepy,...it's tough being a Kindergartener


Putting on a fake-furry cap before school, not exactly sure why,
but let's humor Mama,...'cause we're such a nice guy. 


Our Christmas tree has been up two weeks,
and it's still up,
with most of the ornaments intact,
that's a first for us,
and we're delighted with Isaac's interest in the tree
"Christmas tree," says Isaac, "I fix."
Of course, Santa Isaac has to put each ornament - jussssssst so.


How much does Isaac 'get' about the entirety of Christmas?


We don't know,...Isaac can't tell us. 


We're assuming the holidays and celebrations are ALL going into his busy little brain,
and perhaps one day
Isaac will be able to say, 
"Remember,...that Christmas?"


For now,...we set up the nativity sets,
read books,
sings songs,
watch Rudolph,
and giggle. 


Presents and gift-giving don't connect with Isaac,...yet. 


Although Isaac can sign:
God loves me and you!




We're only FIVE YEARS OLD,...
and there is a lot going on for a little guy. 


However, no worries or anxiety about TOYS,...
for good little girls and boys.
Isaac tries to be good,
because he loves us,
and it's the right thing to do. 


Take Isaac through THE most tempting toy department,
and he admires everything,
and yet asks for nothing,
he's five and content,
and that's a WOW,
and perhaps
the greatest 
gift.



Cookies and cakes and goodies,...galore.
To Isaac all that kind of stuff is a bore. 
A game of tag,
giggles,
let him 'teach' you some words,
or show you 'his' world,
"WOOK AT THAT!"
Our son lives in a wonderland,
everything is exciting,
and new,...



The gift of discovery,....


What is truly important in life?
What matters?
Why does it matter?
And is it essential?
Apply the above to Christmas.



Baby Jesus was born,
shepherds came,
and kings bearing gifts.

Isaac knows this,....



And for him and us,...it's enough,...



Thumbs up for love and kindness,...the most essential essentials,...



Holidays for us are forever changed,...Isaac's perspective,
makes us stop,
and think,
and appreciate,
the gifts,
and blessings bestowed upon us,
especially our little guy's overflowing joy,
life is to be lived,
and Isaac lives his  life to the fullest,
and he makes sure YOU do too!



Yes, our son has autism,
but it's not the end of the world,
it's the beginning of a new universe.

That includes celebrating Christmas,
with every tradition stripped down to the
the bare essentials:

For God so loved the world,
HE gave his one and only Son,
that whosoever believes in Him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
John 3:16


From our family to yours:

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!











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