By Kelly Harland
Kelly Harland's tales discover her son's lifestyles to the age of 14, and the hot and unforeseen universe she and her husband - either specialist 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 look like a stroll throughout a minefield. yet amidst those unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of ask yourself. while Will eventually learns the provide and take of dialog or desires approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that whatever is feasible.
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Extra info for A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism
The guy has the same pleasing tone that helped me coast through many a vocal competition. The guy can sing. He pumps away, warbling and crooning as the faucet runs, and even though he started singing a year or so ago, I still put down the book I’m reading and cock my ears in disbelief. I can’t help but pay serious attention to every nuance, every note. By god. His father and I, both professional musicians, once watched him stand stock still in a little kindergarten chorus during a program for the parents in his first year at public school.
And the tiny twinge of anxiety I felt as I again witnessed Will’s expertise at finding ways to remove himself from the rest of humanity was nothing compared to how I felt in seeing his bliss at having an enormous pond to himself for his ferries. He stretched his arm up to the summer sky, lifting the imaginary gate. Deep down I know, when he honks his horn and revs up his engines, that we have actually come a step further. That a boat can show us the sea and the sea can introduce us to sea life, and maybe this is how we will be able to approach nature, and adventure, and science.
But instead, I wandered the halls while Charles stayed and talked to everyone. He had collected himself after just a few moments of being shaken. He held up our side; I could hear him from the corridor where I was hiding, speaking evenly and convincingly to the group. He ended up being what he has been so many times before—the rock. I was able to go back in with a fistful of Kleenex I’d grabbed from the school office, and by then the climate of the room had changed. It seemed impossible that this meeting was able to continue, to be productive and get back to its focus—the wonderful little boy we all care about.