Everyday I’m packing backpacks, meeting teachers, scheduling treatments and heading up Holly Rod, our nonprofit to improve the quality of life in Parkinson’s patients.And most amazingly, almost every single day for the past year, RJ, along with his three siblings, runs to meet me at the door with a kiss from those juicy lips saying, ‘Mom, you’re home…I love you.’ So much for never. There wasn’t anything out there I wouldn’t try: diets, acupuncture, hypnotism and enzyme treatments. And faced with the idea of divorce, I said to Rodney, ‘Quite frankly, I’m not trying to do this without you.’ At the time, we had a life strategist who counseled us and we still do, but during the worst part of the autism crisis, it was just the two of us battling it out.In this blog post, I offer some basic background on issues affecting teenage boys on the autism spectrum pertaining to their relationships with girls, and then I provide some social skills teaching materials for mental health professionals, teachers and speech-language pathologists to use in their work.
Highmore, of course, is alluding to his previous series "Bates Motel," where he played a serial killer. Ellen Mc Lean) and Antonia Thomas (Claire Browne) are also in the series. Here are a few phone numbers.’Rodney and I cried for hours. Autism can present an insurmountable strain on a marriage. I gave them an ultimatum: Get on board with RJ’s treatment or go. You did.’RJ was born two minutes before his twin sister Ryan. ‘Cow, cow,’ he would say, pointing his fat fingers at the picture. ‘Something’s going on with RJ.’ And he said, ‘Maybe he can’t hear. Rodney, like every man who felt helpless when he couldn’t fix things, called again. It taught kids with mild mental retardation, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD. On a bad day he would literally fall down and cry inconsolably. He only ate three things: pizza, French fries, or pasta. I didn’t go because I didn’t want him to be disruptive in church. After trying countless therapies, we settled on something called Floor Time. So Rodney said, ‘If you’re going to bounce the ball, then every five times you bounce it, you have to shoot it.’ We refused to let him bounce aimlessly. At 6 years old, our biggest goal was for him to have a conversation from start to finish. Thankfully his classmates accept him just as he is. When RJ was 3, I met the administrator of a preschool called Smart Start in Santa Monica where we enrolled RJ. I lean on Jenny Mc Carthy and Tisha Campbell-Martin, who both have autistic sons (Evan, 5 and Xen, 6 1/2). She said, ‘I’m sorry to call you, but…’ and six hours later we were both laughing. RJ went through a phase of repeatedly bouncing a basketball. He struggles valiantly with subjects like math and reading and loves to write. She was a rigid, hard-looking woman who sat us in this icy office. In all, we have probably spent about 0,000 in treatments. At playdates, RJ would come around and they would talk down to him. ’ and he would say, ‘I’m good too.’ Now RJ sets goals for himself. He is a happy 9-year-old about to enter the fourth grade at University Elementary School, a mainstream school.