Thursday, June 6, 2013

Autism Answer: Encourage passion... even if it's a bit inconvenient!

My oldest son used to beg for new toys, bring them home, immediately take them apart and turn them into something else. It drove my hubby crazy! Then he would take every piece of furniture-- including pots, pans and toilet paper--and create worlds in our living room. It wasn't easy living in a constant state of ever changing imaginative worlds--and we lost many spatulas in the process!--but we encouraged this creative mess, and kept suggesting intention.

My son is now nineteen, and continues to create.
My mom--who loves to learn new skills, especially with family!-- completed an editing course with him, where he excelled and seems to have found an outlet for his creative slicing and recreating. She has taken him on as an assistant editor for her many projects, and his mind continues to spin with his own creative imagery and ideas. He also mixes music to create stories and invents whole worlds he wants to share with an audience in books, songs and videos; a passion that comes from seeing things as possibilities.

And--importantly-- from growing-up encouraged to be his passionate self, with intention! It was an inconvenient mess at times, but mostly it's been a blessing to be part of his story, and to help him find it's direction!

Hugs, smiles and love!!

"I feel it coming in. My voice is getting an opinion." ~Jory Shelton (my oldest son)