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 learn how to navigate with him. Will's fears, anxieties and obsessions can dominate way of life, creating a journey to the grocer appear like a stroll throughout a minefield. yet amidst those unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of ask yourself. whilst Will ultimately learns the provide and take of dialog or goals approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that whatever is feasible.
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It is true, I have surrendered, his father and I both have surrendered, our time, our hearts, our lives, our mental health. We’ve helped Will work hard in school, we’ve read to him, we’ve intervened at every opportunity to try to show him the treasures of life that do not necessarily go on and off, up and down. We would have taken him anywhere to get his mind off his fixations. But when it came time to play, well, we figured out the score—it was off to a skyscraper with forty-two floors. But now we’ve made it to the ferry dock.
But none of the racket bothered Will, and as we watched him delight in the water, watched him take to it like a seal pup, it certainly no longer bothered us. We go to the pool a couple of nights a week. And in the Olympic-sized turquoise pond where dozens of kids splash anonymously, where the wild shouts of swimmers bounce off the tile showers and concrete floors, where boys in goggles wrangle and wrestle each other in water games and beach balls of all colors bob up and down in between them, we are free.
He sang every word of every song in perfect tune. During that school performance, a stabbing heart-pain had forced a sob from my throat, when Will could not sing the sweet finale, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” with the rest of the children. And I cried again from my living room chair when he finally did sing it, in his own good time, twelve months from downbeat, in the bathroom on a beautiful night. ” Yet I was exactly Will’s age, a little trooper of nine, when I made up my mind that I would be a singer when I grew up.
A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism by Kelly Harland