Help The Growing Nuggets
Thank you for clicking here in support of the 2018 Triangle Run/Walk for Autism. Your support of my participation in this event on behalf of Zidaan, his peers and the Autism Society of North Carolina is truly appreciated. We all have a lot going on in our own worlds, so it means a lot that you'd take time out to support us. THANK YOU!
This will be my second year actually participating in this run/walk event personally, though I have given when not able to be present. Most of the time, I'm not able to get out to this or any other pre-scheduled weekend event. We don't have that much latitude really, so I'm very happy that the stars have aligned.
Resources for Zidaan and his peers have been on my mind a lot lately.
I think because lately, I've really taken note that he/they aren't the squishy little nuggets they once were. They’re no longer the kiddos we could easily give a full-body, deep pressure hug to in order to calm them during high-stress episodes. Especially in public. We do get out a more now than in years past when we were truly housebound, but still...we have to think through every step of the outing, assess what obstacles we might encounter (physical, auditory, or visual) and then have a plan should an obstacle throw us into chaos. And because he/they are taller, their legs are longer and they are so much stronger, we as parents/caregivers have to be prepared to handle that admist the sometimes less than understanding or sympathetic public.
This is one reason autism awareness matters and this is one way in which the ASNC helps. With greater awareness in the world, it reduces the palpable stress we as parents feel when we debate getting out to give being in public a try. You'd be amazed at the power of public judginess, how it can sometimes make you simply stay home.
I’m also realizing that Zidaan and his peers are on the verge of hormonal changes that will make them moody tweens and teens possibly encountering new or a combination of new emotions which they aren’t able to express in constructive ways. The happy, sad, mad or crying picture cards they may have used as young ones to communicate won’t suffice. What then? What new help, support or resources will we as parents need access to in order to help these kids find some equilibrium? To help our families find equilibrium?
The ASNC provides access to and referral to all kinds of support: therapy providers, camps, reading materials, tactical tools, etc. They help us as parents/caregivers find the tethers we need to keep helping our loved ones.
While there are many other worries and concerns that swirl around my always-active mama-brain, I won't deep dive into them here. The ASNC knows about them already and continues to assemble resources and supports that are meaningful to us. So your support of the ASNC in turn is a huge support to us: to Zidaan, to my mama-brain and to the many others navigating AU Life.
Thank you again for taking a little time out of your day, out of your busy life, to help us reach our goal.
WE ARE GRATEFUL!
The Autism Society of North Carolina is the leading statewide resource organization serving people across the autism spectrum throughout their lifespans.
We understand the challenges of the autism community because we work with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families every day. We offer advocacy, training and education, and direct care that helps individuals with autism to, increase their social and communication skills, develop independent-living skills, succeed in school or on the job, participate in community activities, and advocate for themselves.
We have a statewide network of resources, connecting individuals with autism and their families to life-changing programs and supports unavailable anywhere else.
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