Mar 26, 2014

Autism: One Step at a Time

I am so happy to turn over my blog to a special friend of mine.  Melissa of My Recent Favorite Books, is a blogger, and avid reader, and a Autism Mom Warriors. She is so kind and giving, has helped me find books to read, and has commented on each and every blog posts I have ever written, now that is support!

Welcome Melissa...I am honored and excited to turn my blog over to you today.

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Thanks Kim for allowing me to be your Guest Post today!

Autism: One Step at a Time


My son's name is Nicholas, and he was diagnosed with Autism in 1993.  He will soon be 23 years old and is considered “non-verbal”, but he communicates in his own way.   I can remember the day the doctor told me that he was Autistic; he was about 2 ½ years old; and at the time, I knew very little about Autism.  In the past 20 years I have learned a great deal about Speech Therapy, Behavior Issues, Medication and Case Management.
Autism One Step at a Time

We value the support that we receive from my daughter, my son-in-law, the school that my son went to for 9 years, and several close friends that help us along our journey.


Nicholas has many abilities at home and in the community.  He loves to grocery shop, especially if we are getting his favorite things!  Just yesterday we went to the grocery store, and as I was heading towards the check-out, I turned around and he was gone!  He had been right behind me!  I immediately wondered which aisle we might’ve walked past that would’ve caught his eye.  I very quickly went back down the main aisle, looking down each aisle as I went.  In just a moment, there he was, walking towards me with a bottle of his favorite shampoo.  He had a smile on his face that said “I need this, is it OK if we get it"?  Even though the shampoo was not on our list, I understood what he was doing.  Although we have several other full bottles at home, I have realized that Nicholas is helping in his own way.



Next month, we will be participating in the AutismCare Walk, in Wichita, KS.  This will be our fifth year participating.  It is an event that helps raise funds and awareness for local individuals and families affected by Autism.  I look forward to the Autism Care Walk every year! 


Autism: One Step at a Time


I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of love that the families and the community show at each year’s Autism Walk!

Autism: One Step at a Time


This year, I'm having an Autism Walk Fundraiser thru Thirty-One.  I will be donating 20% of all sales from my fundraiser to this year's Autism Walk.   If you would like to make a purchase towards this fundraiser, please go to my Thirty One Website, and then click "My Parties" , and then click "Shop Now'.


I want to thank Kim for having me Guest-Post today on her blog!

Autism: One Step at a Time


Autism Care Walk   http://www.autismcarewalk.org

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Thank you so much Melissa....you are a true Autism Mom Warrior!  I know I will be placing an order with you for something at your Thirty-One Fundraiser....because no one can ever have too many bags....and ThirtyOne bags are so cute!



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29 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me on your Blog today Kim! =)

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    1. You are so welcome Melissa....the honor was all mine! Anytime you want to take over my blog for the day...just say the word...you have an open invitation

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  2. Very nice post. I enjoyed reading the story about Nicholas in the grocery store. It is nice that he helps out.

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    1. Thank you so much Angela for your kind comment. I am so happy that Melissa shared her story with us, and happy to help her raise money for the Autism Walk, seeing all those people supporting such a great cause really warms my heart.

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    2. Thanks Angela. =)
      Nicholas can be a great help while we are out shopping!

      Kim, I almost cry every year at the Autism Walk. Seeing several thousand people walking to support Autism is wonderful!

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  3. Love this post! My Little is in 3 different therapies, and we are not sure of her official diagnosis, but her therapists are leaning towards SPD with a possibility of autism.

    Found you via All Things Thursday
    http://musingsofamommabear.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Kim. So nice to have you hear. I understand how hard it is to get an official diagnosis, the process took us years. Autism comes in many forms, no two children are alike, and no to courses of treatment are a like. I found that your just keep trying until something works. Stay strong...fight for your child...and remember just how blessed you are to have this precious angel in your life. Sending you hugs.

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    2. Thank you Kim. It can be challenging to get the "official" diagnosis, just be strong and determined!

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  4. I imagine finding out there's something wrong with your child would be like having a rug swept out from under you. We all imagine a "perfect" child when we're pregnant, and don't really think anything could ever go wrong. But I guess as you live, you learn that there are different kinds of perfect. :) My heart goes out to you b/c I know it has to be hard having an autistic child, but I'm also sure he is such a blessing!

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    1. Oh Veronica, thank you so much for your kind words. It is hard, as a parent, to learn that your child is different, not perfect, but as your so lovely put it....this new kind of perfect...well, it is amazing, I know I would not trade my not so perfect, autistic son for all the money in the world. He is a true blessing, and I am so honored to be his mom. I am sure that Melissa feels the same way too.

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  5. Kim and Melissa, I enjoyed reading this post. I learned more about autism- thank you! Kim, thank you for sharing this at Treasure Box Tuesday- I'm sharing on Google+ today! :)

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    1. I am so happy you enjoyed it Joy! Thank you so much for stopping by, I really enjoy your link party, I have found some amazing blogs there.

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  6. So glad to meet Melissa. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm glad Kim has a friend with an older child with Autism. It's always great to have people around you that understand your struggles.

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    1. Thank you Melissa.
      I have enjoyed getting to know Kim, and I agree a Support System is a great thing!

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  7. What a lovely lovely post Melissa!!! You are such a great supporter of my own blog. I admire you so much for the grace you show dealing with your daily struggles with your son. Blessings on you as you take part in this special walk to raise awareness! !

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Marsha! Melissa is a true inspiration to me.

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  8. This was such a great post, Melissa. I love that you are a true advocate for your son. He is a very handsome young man, by the way. I love the pic that says, "The problem is not the person's disability... The problem is societies' view of the person's abilities." That is so true and I know it firsthand. It's usually not based on cruelty, but based on ignorance so I have learned to ignore it. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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    1. I am so happy that you enjoyed the post Wanda. The quote is so true, our society has become so hostile, it becomes harder and harder to protect our children. I have been blessed with an extremely supportive community for my son, I pray that other will have the same blessing someday also. Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. What a small world. I grew up in Wichita! I cam to your blog via Wanda. I, too, have twins with autism, age 19. Lovely to meet you here!

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    1. The world just got a little smaller, Karla, my aunt used to live in Wichita, and I spent many summers there. My autistic son will be 19 in April. I am so happy to have you here, please come back and visit again, I plan on having several Autism related posts in April.

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  10. Great post Melissa! I love that your Nicholas is doing well and that you continue to be his warrior!

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  11. I'm happy to be visiting today from Melissa's blog. What a great post!!

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    1. Shared it on Facebook, G+, and Twitter

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  12. I am so happy to 'meet' Nicholas and read about the sweet way he helps. I have enjoyed being Melissa's blogging friend and now I get a glimpse of her precious family :)

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