Monday, April 30, 2012

Change

It's that time of year when I start to feel it coming.....change.  Everything seems to be changing.  We are currently looking for a new car; well, 'new' to us.  (Never underestimate the value of used cars.)  We are starting to look for a new house so that brings on an avalanche of change in itself.  New school district, kids, classes, etc.  We meet his new BSC this Friday.  Read about our adventures with that here.  His IEP and total reevaluation is coming up, always fun sitting around a table filled with people.  We are considered educated parents and with that comes many, many people who make sure we get what we want or know how to talk us out of it so no one gets the 'S' word.   AND we all know how much fun summer can be with the kids at home all. the. time. fighting and bickering and in our case, attacking the kitchen! 

Usually when there is too much going on I get quiet and go into my own head to reconfigure things.  Let's face it.  I'm a stay at home mom so the home is my responsibility.  My husband has so much going on with work and making sure the bills and financial stuff is in order but I know he will help if I ask.  With all these new things happening so quickly, it's time to re prioritize.  How boring would life be in there weren't lots of changes? 

Luckily, my son pretty much rolls with it.  As long as the basics remain the same he is open for change.  We are fortunate for that.  He is changing too.  He now enjoys movies in the movie theatre as long as he has popcorn and a blue slushy.  Yesterday we went to see the new Pirate movie and no sooner did we sit down when the entire bag of popcorn spilled on the floor.  My husband bought another one....to avoid a meltdown.  Then 10 minutes later the blue slushy ended up all over the floor, again, we bought another one to avoid a total meltdown.  Ah, the things we do for our kids. 

Another new thing for him is speech.  He has been gaining more and more but on Friday I was floored.  My daughter had a play date with another little girl.  My son started playing videos on his iPad and he looked at her and asked, "Hey A, would you like to dance with me?"  I couldn't believe my ears, a 9 word sentence, then I was hoping she would say yes and she did.  Thank Goodness!!  He is growing up and I can definitely see a change in him. 

Change is something else isn't it?  It can mean stress.....like crazy stress but it can also mean good, as in maturing and something is clicking good.    I have faith that things happen for a reason.  So I'm going to look at it as change is good.  Change will happen so I'm going to take a lesson from my son and roll with it. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fundraising Secret Revealed....SSHHHH

It's true....I'm going to tell you a fundraising secret.  It's what people stop me for in the middle of the grocery store, not kidding.  I'll tell you in a bit...the suspense will kill you!

First, here's my philosophy on fundraising.

You have a charity that is near and dear to your heart and you want to raise tons of cash to help.  Understandable.  Please understand that people who you ask for donations from also have their own charities that they support, so don't get all bent out of shape if they decide not to support yours. 

Whatever you do, don't let your charity take over your life!  Put a begin date and an end date.  You can fund raise all year round if you'd like but do your family/friends a favor by not harping on them constantly.  You will be known as the 'fundraiser' and not in a good way.

I am extremely fortunate to have a wonderful friend who takes it upon herself to run a Longaberger  Basket Bingo for me every year.  I do what I can but let's face it, she organizes the entire thing.  From beginning to end she is the one who gathers all the auction items, gets volunteers, picks up the bingo license, organizes the food, sets up the hall, makes and distributes fliers; the list is never ending and she does it all....for nothing in return.  She understands that extra time is almost non-existent for me and is very understanding.  She gets much support from her family and friends for this huge event and I am thankful for each and every one of them.  Especially her who is actually planning for next year already.

Awareness is important for me.  I enjoy making simple autism awareness pins and handing them out to people.  Everyone I know has one.  My hope is this simple pin will be questioned by others then it will spark a conversation about autism...which is what we want, more awareness.  Here's how I make the pins

My friend Nancy is a very wise woman.  I appreciate her advice.  She says, "If you don't ask then the answer will be no.  So, take the chance and ask, you may get a yes."  Not her exact words but you get the idea.  With that in mind, I'm about to reveal my fundraising secret......

ready....


                    set...


                                        go...


                                  ASK. 

That's my secret.  If you need to know more about wrap-around fundraisers, selling on-line, stuffed animals, and restaurants or have any other questions I will be more than happy to talk about them with you.  Please e-mail me at grapejellyonpizza@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Future Photographer

Sometimes you don't need words.

Have you ever given your child a camera?  I was looking through my phone and saw pictures that my son took.  Here are pictures of what is important to him.

 His Angry Birds while waiting for his sister during her karate class.
 His back window.  He's so proud of all of his stickers.
 His feet and thumb. 
 His fish, Nemo, with Sponge Bob and Patrick.

 He built this, ran upstairs to grab my phone, then took the picture.
While at school for a conference, he took this.
He's squishing my head.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Why I Walk

There is something about walk day that brings me to tears.  Happy tears, not sad ones.  It is the one time of year that we fit in.  We are one huge family looking out for each other.  It doesn't matter if your child is having a meltdown and is screaming his head off....no one stares, no one judges they offer to help. 

Saturday, April 21 was our walk day.  It was an absolutely beautiful day!  Perfect weather with perfect company.  This year there were over 9,000 people who attended the Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Lehigh Valley.  It is the largest walk in our area and only one park who can hold this many people.  Special thanks to Jennifer Smith, Walk Director of Autism Speaks, Nancy and Sheri Miltenberger and all of the committee members who put on such an amazing event. 

Flash back to our first walk which was in 2009.  He started at the CLIU 21 in November 2008 and were still very new to autism and what to expect. His behaviors were still very much out of control. We weren't sure of going but we did.  We only knew his teacher and we were unsure of what to expect.   We didn't know therapists, agencies or any other families;  we were so isolated.  As we were in line ready to walk I couldn't stop the tears.  It was the first time I realized there were so many other families in the same situation as ours. It was first time I didn't feel like we were all alone. 

Fast forward to Saturday.  Hugs-a-plenty were going around.  The smile on our faces were huge because everywhere we turned we knew families and therapists and greeted each other with hugs.  As my son and I went around to talk with others I felt so warm, filled with hope and optimism.  So many people who depend on each other, respect each other's opinions and will help each other out when asked.  We stopped often to say hello to new friends and old.  I even met reader Karen and her family. 

My home away from home, ARCH of the Lehigh Valley, was there in the vendor area and they also had their own family gathering location.  I stopped to speak with Ellen, the director for a while and also many friends.  This Friday is their big fundraiser....wine fundraiser!  Can't wait.  They are my backbone.  If we need anything, anything at all, I depend on them. 

My daughter, who is typical, even got into it this year because her friends, teacher and coach also joined us.  This wasn't just another thing for her brother, it was for her also.  When we started to walk my husband and I couldn't even find her.  She went off with her girlfriends and walked with them.  As we started her nursery school teacher caught up with me and we walked together.  We had family from both sides come out to support us, new friends, old friends, current teachers, former teachers and people we have never even met but knew us through Facebook

As the years go by our family grows and so does our support network.  I do support Autism Speaks and I'm proud to do so.  I believe in the science. The CDC numbers are now 1 in 88. That scares me. I take full responsibility for my son. It is up to us to find him the therapies he needs and to work with the school and to get everyone on the same page. I rely on Autism Speaks to keep doing research and to find what is causing autism.   I walk for my son who has autism.  I walk for my daughter who is typical.  I walk for my immediate and extended family.  I walk for generations to come.

2012 Grape Jelly on Pizza

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Former Procrastinator

pro·cras·ti·nate
v. pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing, pro·cras·ti·nates

  • To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
  • To postpone or delay needlessly.
 
Yes.  This was me.  I am a former procrastinator!  Oh, how many times I would push things off, never get around to it, say yeah, yeah.  Sometimes things would go away but over time I learned that this wasn't the way for me.  It brought on stress; tons more stress than what a situation called for because I wouldn't jump on things right away. 
 
One of the things autism has taught me was how not to be a procrastinator.  There is no "it can wait" because it can't.  Autism needs to be addressed ASAP!  Early intervention is the key.  In the beginning there are so many waiting lists, books, people, Doctors, therapists etc. that is extremely overwhelming and can shut you down but you have to keep moving forward.  No time for sitting and saying, "Let's see what happens." because that is not an option.  Time is very valuable.  What is 6 months can equal years of progress to a child with autism. 
 
When I don't feel like making that one more call I think back to my 'if' list.  If I would've called the county sooner he would've gotten evaluated sooner, then I would've been at that parent meeting sooner, then would've heard to word autism sooner, etc. 
 
HOWEVER, another thing I have learned is everything happens for a reason.  I strongly believe that.  So, as long as I keep moving forward and don't revert back to my old ways of being a procrastinator, we'll be OK. 
 
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
–Walt Disney
Loved this quote when I first saw it.  It was at the end of the Meet the Robinsons, Disney movie.   

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Writing with Style


First thing you should know is that I do not consider myself a writer.  Yes, I write out thoughts and experiences about autism and my son but as far as form.....I admittedly stink!  If it wasn't for spell check, this would be gibberish.  So, part of the WEGO challenge is to tell you what my writing style is.

 Sometimes I write during my daughter's softball practice. 

Sometimes I write it out in letters. 

Sometimes I write out of anger.

Sometimes the readers of Grape Jelly on Pizza Fan Page make it easy to write.   

This challenge gets difficult for me because it asks for new blogs daily.  I have re-posted older ones because the words don't always flow.  Let's face it, when he has a bad day, we all do.

Friday, April 13, 2012

10 Things My Son Loves

The WEGO Health Activist's prompt for today was to make a list of 10 things you couldn't live without.  I took it upon myself to tweak it a bit and worked with my son about the things he really likes or loves.  As you know, with autism, communication can be difficult so this list we compiled took a while.  I'd ask him what he likes and he would either show me or give me a few words.  I have come up with reasons why he likes these items/things through observation.  First the list that he gave me then a list of items that I have observed.

His list.

1. Trampoline and Swing.  Whenever he gets anxious I remind him of the trampoline and he will jump until he feels better.  Most days he will wake up and jump all by himself.  His swing is outdoors and believe me, he can swing for hours.  How do I know?  My upper body gets sore because of all the pushing!! 

2. Angry Birds.  Well, all stuffed animals.  We have hundreds of stuffed animals all over the house.  This is a fact.  There's something about their eyes that he enjoys.  He also loves to be 'buried' under them then he breaks out, roaring like a monster!  This can go on for hours.

3. iPad.  My husband bought an iPad in November and since that time, it is known that it is my son's property!  He has many games downloaded both educational and not.  When the new Angry Birds Space came out, he eagerly presented the iPad so we could download it for him. 

4. The Kitchen!  OK, mostly the appliances in the kitchen.  A future chef needs it all.  He is currently into making a verbal list of ingredients, repeating them until we have them all together, then gets out the blender and makes shakes.  Sometimes these shakes are delicious and other times....he takes one sip and says yucky!  Yesterday we made one with coconut, lime juice, a banana and some sherbet.  I sounds tropical but tasted disgusting.

5. Wii & 3DS System.  He plays Super Mario Brothers with all 4 Wii remotes at once.  Not kidding.

6. Legos & K'nex.  We used to have these in the house but if not carefully watched, he would scoop them up and throw them all into the air.  Stepping on these in the middle of the night hurt so all Legos and K'nex are either at school or at his after school program.

This is what I added to his list through observation.

7. Holidays.  He enjoys all holidays and doesn't mind the change at all.  He really gets into Halloween, Christmas and Easter the most but does love his hearts, shamrocks and American flags.

8. Teachers & Therapists.  He will wake up in the morning and know what is the usual thing to do for that day.  Many times he asks for his therapists.  Every Wednesday he asks for Miss Lacy and Miss Christina.  When he asks for Miss Allison he gets to swim.  When he wants to go to school, he asks for Mrs. R. and Mrs. Mallery then says Mrs. Rohn. 

9. Freedom to use his imagination.  I realize that with ABA therapy it is all about discipline.  I get that.  I also want him to be able to use his imagination to work on playing.  So, with this in mind, I do allow him scissors and a big pile of paper.  I don't demand him to cut on the lines, just to let him cut to see what he comes up with.  When he was little and didn't like to color I gave him a pile of chalk and encouraged him the color on the walls, carpet, basically anything to get him to increase those skills.  Many thought I was crazy but chalk wipes off....no big deal.

10. His Family...especially his sister who I believe is his Best Friend.  He loves his family.  I see it.  He actively seeks his sister out all the time.  It's a love/hate relationship sometimes but they speak their own language.  She connects with him like no one else.  Besides, there has been so many educators/therapists that we have been in contact with who became who they are today because they have grown up with someone on the spectrum.  My daughter may be in training for her career.  You never know. 


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dear My 16 Year Old Self,

Dear My 16 Year Old Self,

I'd like to give you some words of wisdom from the future you.  Some may be harsh but it needs to be said.  I am my worst critic after all.

OK, erased an entire letter to myself here.  I was beating myself up so I'm going to bullet point the things you need to know.

  • Pay attention in school.
  • GO TO COLLEGE
  • Forget about the boys and concentrate on friends.
  • Don't be so critical of others around you.
  • GET THAT CIGARETTE OUT OF YOUR MOUTH!!!
  • Pick the job you want, not the one your father told you to pick.

ALSO.....
  • You will find your true love when you are 24.
  • You will have 2 beautiful children.
  • Your son will have autism but you can handle it.
  • You are a strong person.
  • It's OK to ask for help, you can't do it all.

I'm keeping this short because you have a short attention span.  Don't roll your eyes at me please!  I don't want to tell you everything because you need to make it happen for yourself.  You are fortunate to have many to offer you support when you need it.  Most of all have faith. 

Love,
Me




Saturday, April 7, 2012

My Trip to the United Nations in New York City for WAAD


Flags Lined the U.N.
On Tuesday, April 3rd I had the privilege of going to World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations in New York City.  The invitation was sent to me the week before so it was a scramble to make it happen.  With the help of my in-laws and major juggling of the schedule, I accepted the invitation from Autism Speaks to attend the event. 


Our Group After the Discussion
The event took place 4-6pm so we had plenty of time to get into the city.  Fortunately through Autism Speaks I have met a fantastic group of women and men.  I have known most of them for years so we all went together in a van.  The conversations are easy because we all have something in common...autism. 

When we arrived at the U.N. we went through security and took a look around.  We saw huge, beautiful tapestries and many artifacts from all over the world.  Fascinating.  I had my camera in my right hand and on the entire time, ready to get a good shot when I missed a great shot!  As I was waiting to walk into the room where the discussion was to take place, Toni Braxton came out with her two sons.  She was beautiful.  She smiled and quietly waved to us then continued down the hall.  Before it even occurred to me that it was her I smiled and waved back then realized my camera was in my hand.  Oh well.

There were 6 colorful stamps on tripods out for display.  It was a beautiful thing to see the creator of each stamp stand next to the picture with his/her family.  Each stamp was created by someone on the spectrum;  you could see the pride in creating the stamps. 

We heard from Mr. A.K.Abdul Momen, PH.D., Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the U.N., Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, State of Qatar, Sheikh Meshal Hamad M.J. Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the U.N. and Mrs. Susanne Wright and Mr. Bob Wright, Co-founders of Autism Speaks.  All the pictures are on the GJOP fan page

Next up was the panel discussion moderated by Christiane Amanpour, Global Affairs Anchor - ABC News Host, "Amanpour" - CNN International.  On the panel were Ms. Geraldine Dawson, PH.D., Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks, Mr. Shekhar Saxena, M.D., Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Ms. Saima Wazed Hossain, Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Autism in Bangladesh, Ms. Toni Braxton, Parent Advocate, Mr. Michael John Carley, Executive Director of both the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership Inc. (GRASP). 

After the panel discussion was over it was open to the floor for questions.  This is when it hit me how fortunate we are as Americans.  A young mom opened my eyes.  She was from South Korea where the rates for autism are 1 out of every 38 children.  Her concern was lack of therapies.  Can you imagine if your child has never had any ABA therapy?  She said there weren't any types of therapies where she lived.  Then she asked why and when could she expect them and what to do in the mean time with her child.  You felt it, the need to help her son but she was all alone.  Then there was a man from France who had a child on the spectrum who was having difficulty getting his daughter into any type of therapy also do to so many children and so little therapists.  My heart went out to them.  Was I being selfish having my son in speech, OT, a socialization program, and swim therapies?  I have the luxury of calling his DIR therapist and going at any time if there is a major problem.  I have the opportunity to be in a support group 2x a month if I need some guidance.  It was suggested that she could go on-line and learn how to apply ABA therapy herself.  A great option considering she doesn't have any therapists around her but still, we don't know her situation.  Was she a single mom who needs to have that full-time job? When would she have time to do this?  So many questions.

Then someone else asked questions about transitioning into adulthood.  I did not know that our children can be on our insurance until the age of 26.  There has been progress in helping to prepare and find jobs for our children but there is still much work to do on housing.  Trying to get away from group home settings and who will pay for our adult ASD children when we are gone.  With so many children transitioning now, this is a huge concern.  The two hours flew by so fast.  Then suddenly, it was over. 

At the Bangladesh Building
We were then invited to attend a reception at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United States a few blocks away.  Of course we went!  Had to check it out.  They had tables filled with food and many people went.  It was a packed house. 

Of course we couldn't leave NYC without one last tourist view.  We tried to go see the new Freedom Tower but it is still heavily guarded so our driver took us to see the Statue of Liberty at night.  When we pulled up there were rows of blue lights.  Yes.  NYC Lights it up Blue!!  This was the last picture I took  of the night.  I hope to be back to NYC soon.

NYC at Night


Friday, April 6, 2012

Autism Haiku's from GJOP Readers

I am blessed to have so many wonderful, caring parents who are a part of Grape Jelly on Pizza.  It is a pleasure spending my time interacting with them daily.  Here are their words.

His sky full of clouds
The sun overwhelms his senses
And creates his rainbows

-Christal Barton

Autism just a word
not a definition
just a PERSON filled with LOVE

-Christina Pellak

Weird not at all
Different maybe
Autistic most definitely

-Bethanie Lerch

Like an evergreen,
in a deciduous forest,
trying to blend in.
-Karen Moran Williams

A baby is born.
becomes the light of your life.
Always in your heart.
The world just sees a baby.
You see a glimpse of heaven.
-Kellie Stafford

Thursday, April 5, 2012

He's My Artwork

Yesterday started the first day of spring break for the kids.  What does this mean in our house?  Much more fighting between them and lots more planning on my part.  I was on the phone with Good Shepherd at 7:30am to leave a message with my son's swim therapist to try to get another swim session in sometime today.  She called me back by 8:30 for a 2pm session, yay!  So, the juggler that I am, ran the day through in my head.  That means, leave the house a 1:30 to get there by 2pm.  The session would be over at 2:30 then we would have to be back at Good Shepherd by 4pm for speech then OT at 4:30.  Since it was Wednesday, we'd have to drive across town to be at my daughter's karate lesson by 5:30....note, make sure I pack her Gee.  With this schedule for the day, what will we do from 2:30-4pm?  Back home?  Another store?  No way.  No more stuffed animals!  (If you are new, my son is obsessed with stuffed animals and he has hundreds.)

I packed a lunch bag with drinks, pretzels and oranges and decided we would try to go to the 'forest' as he calls it.  After swim we drive to the forest.  It was a beautiful day.  Blue skies, cool breeze and very peaceful.  The forest does bring me stress sometimes because with my son you never know if he'll like it, try to jump in the water or take off into the trees.  You never know with autism.  Something will trigger him at anytime.  We had our little picnic then he started to wander.  Both of us, are used to watching him like a hawk, which I feel is unfair to his 6 year old sister, but it's the way it is. 

He decides he wants to sit on a rock and play in the water.  Sounds OK but he usually takes things to the next level and fast.  We don't sit and watch him, we stand and are ready for action because you never know. 

Here is my little man sitting on his rock, playing in the water. 

Water is a real attraction for him.
What is fascinating about this day is the schedule was off.  There was no school, mom added a swim lesson and a trip to the forest was completely unexpected and he handled it like a champ.  Could this be maturity setting in or a good day?  We'll find out the next time it happens. 

I realize the WEGO challenge for today was to go to Flicker, find a photo you like and write about it but my children are my artwork.  This picture to me shows a little guy fascinated with water, enjoying the beautiful day with his sister and mom.  What you don't see is a boy who has classic autism.  That is in therapies most of his days.  Struggles with language and communication.  Has major sensory issues and doesn't like change.  He finished one therapy and after this picture is off to two more then will be in a waiting room for an hour to wait for his sister.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Superpower Day

If I had a Superpower it would to have the ability to morph into someone else for a day.  Why?  This way I would be able to feel what others are feeling and would know how to help them. 

With my Superpower I would choose to be my son for a day, a week or a month.  What is it like to live with autism?  Not only autism but with his autism.  If you meet one person with autism, you've only met one person with autism.  That's why it is a spectrum.  I'd want to find out what causes his anxiety at school. Why does he need to swing for hours at a time?  Why can he spin for just as long and never get dizzy?  Why does he feel the need to hide under a 50 pound bean bag chair?  Why are flickering lights fascinating?  What is it about stuffed animals that he likes so much?  Why does he need to verbal stim often and rather loudly?  Why does he love the swimming pool or taking baths so much?  Why doesn't he like writing?  Does holding a pencil hurt him?  Why does he run the other way when we try to introduce him to a new peer?  Do I talk too fast or too slow when I communicate with him? Why doesn't he mind the sound of fireworks but doesn't like it when a baby cries?  The list goes on. 

My Superpower would allow me to answer some of these questions and to experience what he does.  Then I would be able to dive deeper into his world and to have a better understanding.  Hopefully someday he'll be able to answer some of these questions for me.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Quotation Inspiration


 

This is something I didn't understand when I was younger.  Now that I'm 'maturing with age' I get it for you never know what others are going through. 

  • A woman takes your parking spot without even noticing you were waiting for it.  She may have received news that her Father has to go in for more tests. 
  • The man who snapped at the waitress may have learned that his childhood friend just passed away. 
  • The child who is spinning and screeching out of control in the middle of Wallmart may be having a hard time with all the fluorescent lights that are buzzing louder and louder and louder.  Please don't stare. 
  • A single mom is blocking up the aisle at the grocery store, not realizing you can't pass.  She may be trying to figure out how much food she can buy for herself and 2 children with only $30 dollars left until Friday.
  • The cocky teenager may be from a broken home and feels like his life is out of control but has no one to confide in. 

These are some examples of what could be going on in someone's life that you would have no way in knowing.  We must try to "Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."  Plato

Sunday, April 1, 2012

2112 Autism Time Capsule

Not only is today the start of Autism Awareness Month but I'm also making a time capsule that will be opened in the year 2112.  That's right; 100 years from now, what will people think about my time capsule representing autism, as I know it right now.  Hmm.  What are the key issues surrounding autism. 

The first thing I'd like to add is my iPad.  Well, my son's iPad.  It was given to me but like everything dealing with technology, he took it over.  The iPad has made learning easier and fun for children with autism.  They are using it now in therapies and in school for speech and learning.  My son loves playing learning games but mostly he is into YouTube.  Yes, YouTube videos are a must for him.  I have a love/hate relationship with YouTube when it comes to him but overall it is helping him socially.  How?  He models the behaviors of his peers.  When another 8 year old boy reenacts a video, he gets to see it.  Then he tries it himself.  This is much 'safer' for him to do.  When an actual child is trying to communicate with him he gets very anxious.  YouTube allows him to be with his peers.

The second thing I'd like to add is a bunch of books on vaccines, diet, sensory, melatonin, meds, how to write an IEP, medical books, law books ect. to show how much research an individual person has to do on his/her own in order for their child to survive in this world.  I'd also include items of awareness like pins, magnet, bags, scarves and the list goes on.  For these are the items that most are compelled to wear every single day in case their autistic child starts a meltdown or odd behaviors are being noticed from others.  I too have already, after long stares from strangers, flashed them my pin for autism awareness to see if they even have a clue to what it is. 

The last thing I'd like to add is a huge puzzle of a DNA strand.  I'm talking a 20,000 piece puzzle or so.  I'd encourage the future to put it together and when it is almost done, there is 1 piece missing.  How frustrating would that be? 


We talk about finding the missing piece all the time with autism.  Would they have the missing piece in 100 years?   What would it be?  Vaccines?  DNA?  Which environmental triggers?  So many questions.  Or, will we ALL have a form of autism.  Is there a genetic shift happening like in other species who need to adapt?  "Perhaps GOD thinks it's time for a new kind of society because, let's face it, a lot of us NT's are really screwed up," posted from LaDonna on the Grape Jelly on Pizza Facebook page.  This could be possible.  This could be the start of a new way of life.

What would you like to add to the autism time capsule?