My child was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 1/2 and now is 8 years of age. I have worked very hard to get him all the help I can and I have worked very hard with him myself. Also, I have a wonderful husband and 4 other children who also have done a wonderful job with our 8 year old. Well, this year all of our children decided that they wanted to ski and snowboard, which includes weekly lessons. Well, even our little 8 year old wanted to get in on the fun. I wasn't sure how well this was going to work, but I thought what the heck. So, we slapped him in some ski's and started him off in some lessons. Well Sunday was his 3rd lesson. (We go every Sunday) and well I went to get some hot coco while he was in the lesson and when I came out, I didn't see him on the bunny hill with the group. I thought, oh no....did he wonder off? The instructors know of his condition...please tell me they didn't loose my child!!!! Well, I go up to the instructor and ask where is my little guy?!?? Oh he says, well there were only two children who will willing to go to the next level. (Riding the BIG chair lifts.) I thought, OH MY GOSH! He probably didn't understand what they were saying...so I ran over to the chair lift area....and there he was, riding up the big chair lift with and instructor...up, up, and UP they were going. I'm like...oh man. He isn't ever going to make it down. Well, there was nothing I could do but wait......it seemed like forever! And sure enough, here they came...he was skiing down the big mountain with his new level instructor! WITH A HUGE SMILE ON HIS FACE! The Instructor said he wasn't scared at all. Matter of fact she said when he got to the top he said, "Wow, this is really cool! Am not scared, I love it! You can see everything!" I couldn't believe it! I never thought that would have happend. He is usually very clingy to me. And then on the way home, I had to give a 5th grader a ride home. He was initiating conversation with this young lady. I just couldn't beleive it! He was asking her who her teacher was and when she would answer he would say, "oh, that's cool." He was asking her questions, answering hers...it was amazing. He was holding a serious conversation with this girl! He was talking to her more than my 4th grade girl was!!! For that day, I felt as if he didn't have Autism, at all! Of course this morning he did remind me again. :) tee hee. But that day was wonderful! We need to keep beleiving that everything we are doing for our children is helping them. Without all that we do for them, they could not accomplish what they do. And what they do, they do for us...the love that we have for these children and the love they have for us can and will overcome this disability!
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