By Kelly Harland
Kelly Harland's tales discover her son's lifestyles to the age of 14, and the recent and unforeseen universe she and her husband - either expert musicians - needs to learn how to navigate with him. Will's fears, anxieties and obsessions can dominate way of 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. while Will ultimately learns the provide and take of dialog or goals approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that whatever is feasible.
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I agree with them. He wants me to watch every pretend ferryboat run and sit next to him while he watches videos; he wants to tell me when I can and can’t play music in the house and he wants to tear up our living room and move all the 54 / A WILL OF HIS OWN furniture around to build boat docks. But in so many areas of his life he must still stay so far in the background, with no way, yet, to speak for himself. He can’t have a simple argument with a buddy over a game, or shout instructions to a teammate on the soccer field.
Suddenly, by accident, I had magic back in my life. We had the Beatles, old movies from the Thirties and Forties, clothes, boys, everything in common. Bonnie, far more savvy than me in the land of friend-getting, helped us devise a plan to capture kindred spirit Linda, and soon, with the addition of Kathy and Francie, it was a gang of five. A life-changing chain reaction had begun out of nowhere and I came into a completely new world, a place where I began to understand that I could actually own a bit of power.
At first it is as if he wants to go to the kid’s house, wants to be able to play, but it soon becomes apparent that he is very uncomfortable. Often the other mother gets involved trying to assist him right alongside me and we come up with all sorts of ideas—toys that will engage him, holding him in our laps and massaging him while he gets used to the environment. But the most valiant attempts end in failure. There are little moments of progress in his school life. According to the teachers and staff who observe him, he spends his recess time alone, sits by himself at lunch, and takes long bus rides on field trip days without exchanging one word with anyone else on the bus.
A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism by Kelly Harland