Here’s a heart-warmer for a really cold day in New York. AJ Willingham reports:
One Michigan mom has started a massive, online party to make sure her 10-year-old son has a happy birthday.
Jennifer of Kalamazoo’s son Colin is into Doctor Who and Pokemon and loves to greet people as they come through the doors of his church. He also has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that affects his social skills. His birthday is March 9, and when the subject of having a party came up, he told Jennifer that there was “no point.”
“[When I asked him if he wanted a party for his birthday, he said there wasn’t a point because he has no friends,” Jennifer wrote on a Facebook page she created for him on February 2. “He eats lunch alone in the office everyday because no one will let him sit with them, and rather than force someone to be unhappy with his presence, he sits alone in the office.”
Jennifer set up the Facebook page “Happy Birthday Colin” in order to ask people to post some good thoughts or nice wishes for her son’s upcoming 11th birthday.
Read more on HLN-TV, and if you’re on Facebook, maybe you and your children would like to send Colin your own birthday wishes.
A producer wrote to me saying that she is working with a national network on a documentary series that will document adults living productive lives with TS. The purpose of this documentary is “to educate viewers on Tourette Syndrome and to show that although TS makes their day-to-day life more challenging, it doesn’t mean they cant hold jobs, have kids, date, etc.”
Here’s their casting notice if you’re interested or know someone who might be.
We can all use some inspiration at times. Although there are many luminaries who have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), your child may not be familiar with most of them. But many will know about Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays Potter, acknowledged publicly that he had been diagnosed at age 5 with OCD and that it used to take him 5 minutes to turn off a light. He no longer suffers from OCD, he reports.
Yes, I disappeared from this blog for a while. For most of the second half of 2011, my mother was battling a number of health problems and issues that took my time and energy.
Mom passed away in January and I am first getting back into full swing on professional activities, so expect to see some updates on this blog in terms of new research and issues.
Also expect to see some personal entries on lessons my mother taught me that I thought I would share with you.