Monday, July 31, 2006

Getting Back Online

I haven't blogged in a while for three reasons: First, we've been crazy busy, especially with the addition of swim lessons. Second, I've been avoiding the blog since sometimes I let myself get mired in the bog that is autism. Third, I've been mulling over a question from Amy Umble's article that I posted a while ago. She wrote, "Mostly, I want to know if she ever noticed the moment autism stopped being a tragedy and simply became a fact of life." How would I answer that question? Well, I think I've made some sort of peace with it. A truce anyway. I think I'm ok because he is so happy. This has been a great summer for him. He's even playing with his siblings, tolerating them trying to hold him and tickle him. He's allows his sister to lead him by the hand. And though his language has retreated to nearly nothing, he's really tapped in to the family as a whole. Remarkably. And so, I'm ok with it. I don't think it means I wouldn't change things if I could. If I knew that chelation or vitamins or standing on my head all day would cure him, I'd do it.

But now, we are off for the 2006 Autism Conference at the Penn Stater. We've got a hotel room with enough space for the five of us. The kids join the Children's Institute while us parents attend sessions. At the end of the day, there are social gatherings for families. It's a little voyeuristic, but I'd like to see the other kids as much as I'd like to meet other parents. Roughly 2400 people from around the nation and world attend, including Dr. Daniel Ayoub, who so kindly responded to my letter to the Schafer Report. Full scoop when we return next week.

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