Sunday, October 14, 2007


Sometimes something happens at the right time, and it penetrates the chinks in the armor that we build around ourselves.

I'm a bit down about recent goings-on in the online autism community. I need cheering up, but all my colleagues are similarly afflicted with negative feelings. Where do I turn?

Where indeed?

A few moments ago an email came to us from one of our son's former behavioral therapists. It's a video that I will post here.
This video is Christian, and it is tremendously inspirational. Regrdless of your feelings about religion, Christianity, or anything else, I think you will find this to be enlightening, applicable to your daily life, and just really intensely wonderful to watch. Though the context is Christianity, it is a skit about life, about right and wrong, about trials and successes, about love and hate, about ups and downs, about danger and safe harbor, about many of the things we all have been dwelling on the last few days.

Even if you are unable to identify with Christian values or symbolism, try to set that aside for 5-1/2 minutes while you watch this - you won't likely regret it.

Click here for video


Another Voice said...

The video was very fitting for our time. As a country with a wildly escalating teenage suicide rate we all need to be aware of the pressures and traps our young people must fend off just to keep going.

It also reveals the detractors that live among us and their pointless hatred.

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Revised Edition of Mother’s Memoir Rekindles the Potential for Hope

“I was beginning to take for granted the fact that we could move through a morning, an afternoon, perhaps even a whole day without a flip-out or a freak-out,” writes Kelly Harland, the mother of Will, a boy with autism. “Sometimes, in my indefatigable optimism, I get to a place where I really believe the whole nightmare is over. But something eventually comes up again, out of the blue, in a flash, an electrifying bolt.”
Seattle-based Harland, a teacher, singer, and writer, has masterfully captured these “flashes” in a compilation of evocative vignettes entitled A Will of His Own, Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism [January 2008, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, $18.95, 978-1-84310-869-6].
Harland’s prose is vivid, her insight is razor sharp, and her story has merit for anyone who has ever experienced the utter vulnerabilities and joys, heartaches and little miracles which go along with raising a child not described as “typical.” Her chapters involve sometimes frustrating and heartrending depictions of life with a child who reacts fearfully to everyday events such as checking out at the grocery store. Yet, in the revised edition Harland adds glimpses of William in his teenage years that provide encouraging indications of hope, learning, and growth.
Harland writes, “Whatever has led us to this—years of speech therapy, hours upon hours of my own input based on instinct and a few educated guesses, his father’s incredible talent for showing him a way to walk through this world—William can see his dream, and it looks good. In fact, it looks perfect. And he’s telling me about it.”
Above all, it is the love for Will—for what he is, not for what he might have been—that shines through this book, and we get to know him as a charming, intriguing, and undeniably worthwhile human being. “Those with autism may have a very different way of looking at the world from the rest of us,” writes Jane Asher, President of the National Autistic Society, in the book’s foreword, “but if we can just step back occasionally and see life through the eyes of those like him, we might learn, not only something about their problems and what we can do to help, but also about ourselves.”

Kelly Harland is a Seattle vocalist, writer, and voice teacher. She is on the faculty of the music department at the Cornish College of the Arts. Her voice has been featured not only on radio and television, but also in backing vocals with Ray Charles and Etta James. She has written articles for the magazine Autism Advocate and contributed to the Cup of Comfort book series. She lives with her husband Chuck Deardorf, her mischievous cat Georgie, and her son William, who has autism.

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Club 166 said...

Liked the video.

I see that you also got spammed by the book ad.

Nothing like someone spamming my blog to want me go out and buy it. ;)


Another Voice said...

Fortunately the publisher's name "Jessica Kingsley Publishers" was given so that all of their books can be avoided, not just the one being spammed.

Marla Fauchier Baltes said...

That was unlike anything I have ever seen before. Thanks for sharing.