Straight From Tristan’s Heart

Yesterday we had a challenging day.  He was just not content the entire day, and I know he can not help this.  Lately, he has been more verbal on and off throughout the day.

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He has been repeating the same thoughts.  One of his thoughts is about wanting McDonald’s.  At the end of the day; I tucked him in bed.  I said, “Tristan what can we thank Jesus for?”  I ask questions throughout the day.  Most of the time I don’t get a response.  This time, he did respond. This was his prayer, “Dear Jesus thank you for McDonald’s.”

Now we did not have McDonald’s!  I guess I know what he is thinking about; even his prayers are about McDonald’s.

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!

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!