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 discover ways to navigate with him. Will's fears, anxieties and obsessions can dominate way of life, creating a journey to the grocer appear like a stroll throughout a minefield. yet amidst those unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of ask yourself. whilst Will ultimately learns the supply and take of dialog or goals approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that whatever is feasible.
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He can’t have a simple argument with a buddy over a game, or shout instructions to a teammate on the soccer field. He has no one his size to laugh with. Until he has that one friend who makes him feel he could conquer the world, I let him conquer me a little. Maybe it helps me with thoughts of the past that keep resurfacing when I look at him. I only want him to be able to enjoy, even for a few moments, the sense of beautiful, benign power that it is possible to feel, just by being yourself with another person who cares about you.
A Polaroid tacked to the kitchen bulletin board shows Will sitting stiffly at a table in a therapy room across from another little boy. ” This photo came from a six-week course in how to have a conversation. Because all four kids in this special class had a tendency to move right up close into the FRIENDS / 51 other person’s face when trying to communicate, they spent an hour learning just how far apart they should be from one another when talking. Pull out one of our desk drawers and you are likely to see notes in computer print from other sessions.
And I have stood before them, helpless, weeping. When the road turns rocky like this I understand the value of a ritual. I understand that my preparation of Will’s sustenance for the day is almost like a prayer. I can’t jump in and remake his world. I can busy my hands though, in a regular task designed to please him and make him feel safe, and somehow in the little moments of doing it I can feel safe too. In spite of all the dangers, and of the times when he has languished in the classroom and seemed somehow unreachable, William mostly carries himself proudly through his elementary school days.
A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism by Kelly Harland