Free Time, Food, & Favorites

Despite our family crisis with Tristan’s care, our home is still quite lively.  It is interesting to hear the comments from our teenager’s.  Here’s a snapshot of some recent conversations.

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Celebrating a First- Friendship

I think it is important for me to share some of the “firsts” that we celebrate with Tristan.  We never know when one will occur. Life with autism is full of surprises. Enjoy a “first” from our home!

One Friday night in May, Brian and I were making dinner.  Then we heard a knock on the door, tap tap tap.  We both looked at the front door, and through the window, we could see a child standing there.

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Secret Code Part 2

When our 12-year-old son, A.T., joined our family in November, it was quite an adjustment.  A.T. was not familiar with autism.  We have tried our best in teaching him what autism is and who Tristan is as a person.  We know this has not been an easy adjustment.  However, the other day A.T. shared his views, and I was laughing so hard.  A.T. was sharing how he is trying hard to understand Tristan’s communications.  Here is A.T.’s insight:

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The Secret Code Part 1

Remember the toddler stage of speech for children?  That is when close family and friends can interpret the words or phrases?  Our house is no exception!  Tristan has been in the toddler phase of speech for 11 years.

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One day when our friend was helping us with Tristan. Brian quickly gave Tristan a verbal clue to stop.  Brian said, “Bep!”  Immediately Tristan stopped and did not go into a room that he is not allowed to enter.

Our friend said, “Bep!  That is the word I needed to have for him to stop?  This information would be useful to know!”

Brian explained, “Yes that is Tristan’s version of stop.  Sorry, we didn’t fill you on it.”

We all kind of chuckled.  It made me think, “What else do we say that is code?”

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!

Lost & Found

It never fails.  After our friend Tash leaves our home, I realize something is lost.  I never know if Tristan hides items, or if I misplace an item.  Here is one of our lost item conversations.

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Anne:  By any chance do you have my set of keys?

Tash:  No I don’t.  I’ll check my bags to make sure.

Anne: Yeah, I don’t think you have them either.  Please say a prayer that I find them before Tristan does.

As Brian and I are searching for my set of keys, we were also making dinner.  We opened up the utensil drawer to retrieve the can opener.  The can opener was nowhere to be found!  We both took turns looking for it, and we still could not find it.  I started laughing.  I said, “I am going to text Tash.  Maybe she has the can opener with the keys.”

Anne: Okay how about our can opener?  That is missing too! LOL

Tash: LOL! No, I don’t have that either.

Anne: I could not resist asking you!

About 30 minutes later, the conversation continued.

Anne: Well we found both items!  The can opener was in the basket with the pens/pencils. Tristan probably put it there.  The set of keys were found deep in my pocket.  I triple checked my pockets earlier!!

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!