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 discover ways to navigate with him. Will's fears, anxieties and obsessions can dominate everyday 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. while Will eventually learns the provide and take of dialog or desires approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that whatever is feasible.
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A game, people, crowds, noise, chaos. Hot dogs, alien food, smells, sound that come out of the blue. No spectator sports yet. Videos? A few. But since he doesn’t know what might come at him when the tape starts rolling, he nixes most titles most of the time. And then, the reading issue. He certainly hasn’t progressed as far as his classmates and does all his reading for class separately from them. The work he is given is tailored to his needs and his school does a wonderful job of helping him. I try to remember not to compare, just like all parents who tell themselves everything will come in good time.
Since his reading level had not advanced much past first grade and was a source of frustration for his teachers and his parents, anytime he expressed enthusiasm in the book department everyone jumped to give him affirmation. ” I cried. I dropped what I was doing and settled into the couch and waited for him to go to the bookshelf in his room. He came out with a pile of little pink and yellow and lavender books sliding around between his hands. The Tales of Beatrix Potter, his favor- POTTER VS. POTTER / 37 ite stories of all-time.
Back to the praying and the longing. Back to experiencing the isolation that stings so sharply. For here I am with William, a little person straitjacketed himself by a condition that is guaranteed to shut him out of the society of others; the social hardwiring simply isn’t there, as one of his docs once told me. He is ten years old, and he hasn’t got a friend. It is as if he doesn’t notice his peer group. When forced into looking at them, he has no idea what to say or what to do. He must be programmed and prompted to play with them, and reprogrammed with each new kid.