Thanks to Autism Speaks, you can select toys for your autistic kid while you're searching for a cure! Oh, and while you're at it? On the top of the screen, there is the "Faces of Autism," which shows cute kids but not the devastation that they bring to families, etc. etc.
Well, not that it isn't tough to parent autistic kids. Sometimes it feels devastating; it really does. Mostly because it's hard to find places where my child fits in or where as a parent, we don't have to hear helpful "suggestions" about our child's bratty behaviour. Oh, yeah! "Bad choices." Same thing.
You know, sometimes we parents who are further along on the "acceptance" journey can really say some nasty things to people who need a little acceptance of where they are in struggling to deal with stuff themselves. I'm not quite sure where I fit on this myself. Sometimes, I'm ok and happy that Woodjie made a smilie face, or Elf learned a new poem or whatever. Other times, I'm going, "MYYYY goodness, these kids are never going to be independent, and I'm going to be old soon! What to do??" So, yeah. Some days I wish my kids were "normal," and other days I'd snap at you for using the word "normal" in my presence.
On the other hand, maybe these Autism Speaks folks really want to provide a service and make some money for themselves at the same time. I see nothing wrong with that, really.
So, I checked out the toys. The First Story Reader looks like fun, and I wanted more information about it... like... price? What it comes with? Whether we can drop it on the floor ten times and be ok? But the website doesn't seem to work.
It must be neurotypical. :p Meh, whatever. In other news, I'm *hoping* to post pictures of a new book soon! Um, as soon as I get it! A special one for Woodjie.