I would like to tell you my story about my son, Michael who has Autism. I am not going to go into the birth story, but he was born at 38 weeks. I was induced and was in labor for 36 hours. When he was born he was not breathing and it took him awhile to get him to pink up and breath. From a very young age we knew something was not right with him. He did have developmental delays and speech problems. He was in Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy for around 10 years. I started seeing doctors for Michael at age 3. All they would ever say was wrong with him is he has developmental delays and ADHD. Deep down I knew that it was something else like Autism. Finally, at age 9 we took Michael to another doctor that as soon as he walked into the room knew what Michael had. They did several tests and diagnosed him with Autism, and Anxiety. He has never let his diagnosis stop him. Yes, in school some of the kids treat him differently but it’s ok because he has his family. For several years we would have birthday parties for him and his sister who is only a year younger then him together so when none of Michaels friends would show up all his sisters friends would take him into their circle and include him into their games.
When he turned 15 I contacted a bikers group called BAANC (Bikers Against Abused and Neglected Children). I only contacted them to see if they would send him a birthday card to brighten his 15th birthday. But instead he got a whole lot more. The head of the group contacted me and said they wanted to give him a special birthday party. Well that they did. He had a party with food, cake, presents and his own motorcycle ride where over 100 bikes came to see him and wish him a very happy birthday. He even got his own motorcycle ride on a trike. On top of that he received over 1000 cards from all over the world. That made him feel so special.
Michael was in wrestling from his 6th grade year to his 9th grade year when the coach called me in and informed me that he thought it would be in his own benefit for him not to wrestle anymore because they felt he was a risk. I’m sorry but that did not sit good with me, but I didn’t want to fight so he stopped wrestling after his 9th grad year. During his 10th grade year he joined track and did shot-put and discuss. He did very good and beat personal records each time he participated in meets. Everyone loved having Michael in track and when they did the banquet it was very heartwarming to see how everyone clapped for Michael and treated him the way he should.
The last week of school I got a text from his special needs teacher asking what I thought about Michael being manager/helper for the Varsity Football Team. I as a mom that had a boy that was not always excepted cried because I knew that would be a dream come true for him. Well I had to keep that secret for 2 weeks before the coach finally called Michael and asked him if he would be interested and with a huge smile on his face he excepted. So, starting July 30 he will be manager/helper for our Oak Harbor Rockets Varsity Football Team. The coach said they boys are looking so forward into having Michael as part of their football family.
Here are some of the beautiful crafts created by Kimberly.
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Proceeds from Kimberly’s Autism Crafts go to children in need through Angles Give Back, To learn more check out their Facebook Page.