school | autism awareness hawaii

or should i say the lack of wanting to go. he really does not enjoy making the transition to school lately. i am not sure why. he cries and fights me allt he way. when he gets there he is ok until i leave. then again he is upset. more than likely he is not having the type of reinforcement at school that would make him want to be there. not sure why or what is going on with that.

water fun | autism awareness hawaii

Hekili loves playing in the water.
Be it the beach, pool, or tub. He can stay in the water for hours.
I have heard that water is very therapeutic for our asd kids. 
I do know he loves it and swims like a fish.

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TACA | autism awareness hawaii

TACA is a great resource for families living with autism. they have tons of links and support groups in different locations! If you aren't already a member go their site and sign up!!

the looks | autism awareness hawaii

while shopping, walking around public places, out to eat, or even at school it is all around us. the looks. we get "the look" all the time. from people who are quick to judge some one else's parenting skill or even the child who is acting out. my son will talk very loudly, yell out, cry, and script while in public and at home. people look at us, and say things behind their whispers. we never get used to it.

on the bright side of it all ... i have learned to really be more understanding about situations i see while out and about. when i see a child having a meltdown in the middle of the store i don't think badly about them or their caregiver. in fact it is the total opposite. i can totally relate and will offer a warm understanding smile and hello. we never know what is really causing the situation at hand but i know that i am one less person they get "the look" from.