My son will be starting high school in the Fall! I was a little nervous about the idea of him graduating from elementary school at the beginning of the school year, but have since calmed down. He’s made tremendous strides over the past few years and I now feel confident that he is ready to take the next necessary step! We went to visit a couple of high schools, which helped a lot. Time really does fly!
Kalin Bennett, is an 18 year old athlete from Little Rock, Arkansas who is making headlines across the country because he may be the first Autistic Athlete to sign with a Division I sports team. Earlier this month Bennett was recruited by Kent University, a Division I school because of his “stellar athletic record” according to NBC news. The now 6ft 10 inch Bennett did not start out athletically inclined. Like lots of autistic kids he was behind with some of his early childhood development skills as he did not start walking until he was 4 years olds and didn’t start to speak until he was 7. Having accomplished so much over the last few years, the Autism community is overjoyed with the fact that Bennett is breaking barriers. He says that he hopes to inspire other autistic kids and I suspect that will be yet another goal he achieves.
This is the face of a proud mom of an autistic son.
Part of the excitement of the year changing is that you get to look back over the previous year and note all of your accomplishments. Over the past year I’ve watched my son aka my little autistic hero grow into a responsible preteen. He helps put the groceries away, makes his own bed and has given himself the job of being responsible for all of the lights in the house. If it sounds like I’m bragging, you’re right, I am. As parents we can’t forget to celebrate all accomplishments, as they land us another step closer to raising happy and responsible adults!
Happy New Year to my Autism Family! May all of your goals be exceeded!