Jared gave his first talk in church today. He was so excited to be asked......that even a kid as young as him could "preach from the pulpit".
He did great. We scripted it for him but it was his words. We practiced talking at a slow pace and breathing between sentences. He told his own stories. He even sat in front of the congregation for the full hour without too much trouble, though I was entertained by some of the positions he sat in - knees on the chair, arms stretched across the other chairs, leaning sideways. Hey, whatever works.
He received lots of praise and he was loving the attention.
I came across this poem tonight. Christmas is not and has never been a huge challenge for us. It is for many though. It's a good reminder of the life many with ASD and their families experience, and I know that our family is not immune to this.