I'm finally done my Finnish language course and exams and am eagerly awaiting to find out if I got a cooking school position in the new year.
Some big changes have happened to my blog lately - well, more so my Facebook page and I'm still in shock.
I don't know if you heard - but Sesame Street is rolling out an autism awareness initiative program and I think it's a fantastic idea!
I've already seen the first music video, "The Amazing Song" - and I was so touched and amazed with it - I sobbed my eyes out.
It was AMAZING because I saw kids in that video that looked just like my V-Man. Kids that screamed and cried, communicated not with their voice but with a tablet or pictures....kids that also smiled and were amazed by the simplest of things.
Poor Hubster didn't know what to do with my overflow of emotions (or why I was THAT ecstatic) - he just hid in the bathroom.
Then I filmed a video right away - while I could express exactly how I was feeling in that specific moment. I had already filmed a video and honestly, couldn't even tell you what it was about - I was such a sobby-happy mess. (I guess "sobby" isn't a word - but you know what I mean!)
So this video went viral I guess - of me blubbering and crying and thanking not only Sesame Street - but "Autism Daddy" for helping with their project too and I really didn't think Autism Daddy/Frank from Sesame Street - would ever see my video.
I was floored and beyond starstruck when I got a mention from his Facebook page, a few hundred new followers and he commented on my video personally - that yes, he did see it and was happy I liked it and that I made him cry too.
*Cue the water works* and my husband wondering if someone died.
Yep - that's me - a crying machine.
Anyway, I'm still in shock and I wanted to address all of this in a blog post (before I pick up my dog - Milo!).
A friend shared the Sesame Street autism awareness program on her Facebook and wished her daughters were still into SS. I said I think it's worth getting them to watch it because it's an excellent way of educating neurotypical children about what autism is.
If my V-Man didn't have autism - I'd still watch the whole thing and get my kids to watch it too. Here's why:
- It shows what autism is in a positive manner. That's not to say that autism is so incredibly awesome and everyday is perfect - but that autism isn't the WORST possible thing in the world.
- It shows what autism is in a safe environment. There are some autistic children who react to meeting new people in a negative or violent/aggressive way - or heck - they're having a crap-ass day too. So being able to show this to a child in an environment that's determined by you, the parent, makes it possible.
- This would also be awesome to watch in schools/day-cares.
- Maybe you don't know anyone with autistic kids to try and meet up and have a play-date with. That's certainly true for where we live. We know two - one is 13 with verbal capabilities and the other is 4 with semi-verbal capability.
- Maybe your child is recently diagnosed and currently you're lost and confused as to how best to help your child.
- It doesn't hurt to educate your child that there are children/people in the world different from them. Not everyone can speak, hear, see or walk on both legs.
I was a wee bit embarrassed to post a sobbing video of myself - but I'm glad to report that the response has been positive and a lot of people felt the same way too.
And the best thing that came out of it - was being able to connect with SO many families in the same boat as me and having this new community to be part of - no matter where we live.
So thank you so much for making my week.
I appreciate each and every one of you reaching out to me - it means the world to me! :)