Independence Age of Autism Style
I am so proud of my daughter Gianna. This was the note she wrote at the end of her second day at an adult day program with The Kennedy Center for Special Needs here in Connecticut. No apologies. No "what ifs." No crying in my beer. No woe woe oh no. I feel genuine pride and joy. Gianna had a great day and felt happy. I call that a win. Keep the faith, friends. Stayed tuned for more from the adult world of autism. Love, Kim
Posted by: Aimee Doyle | July 07, 2018 at 09:34 PM
Two grandmothers were talking to each other. One said, "My grandson can tie his own shoes, eat all by himself and is beginning to read." The other grandma said, "Well My grandchild can eat with a fork, go potty by himself and play the piano. How old is your grandchild asked the first granny? "He is 24 years old replied the second grandma.
Posted by: Shelley Tzorfas | July 07, 2018 at 03:45 PM
SO, SO, SO glad, Kim! Hope this is the first of many notes from Ms. Gianna, the gorgeous.
Posted by: Bean | July 07, 2018 at 11:16 AM
Yes Giana, you did help people today. You helped me sweetie. I’m so happy for you. Thank you 💓
Posted by: Jill | July 07, 2018 at 11:09 AM
Just great Gianna and Kim ,that put a smile on my face which is getting harder as I grow older and grumpier.
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Posted by: Angus Files | July 06, 2018 at 04:44 PM
You should be very proud of her, Kim 👍
Posted by: Michael Beaudry | July 06, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Posted by: michael | July 06, 2018 at 02:35 PM
Great work, Gianna!
Posted by: Jeannette Bishop | July 06, 2018 at 12:25 PM
Congratulations to Gianna on doing so well, and Kim for raising her, and her sisters. The bit which impressed me most about this letter was, she remembered to ask about your day too, something I still have to remind myself to do!
Posted by: Grace Green | July 06, 2018 at 12:25 PM
Did she write it unassisted? I'd be proud too if my daughter were able to write anything comparable on her own, but she couldn't. At 18, she can construct simple, one-clause sentences using simple vocab and structures, and that's only after five years of work on them. I know it's a spectrum, and every autist is unique and in his or her own place, but I was just wondering.
Posted by: cia parker | July 06, 2018 at 12:12 PM
“I helped people today”
The greatest achievement any mom could ask for. Hats off to the AMAZING Gianna and her amazing mom!
Posted by: annie | July 06, 2018 at 12:07 PM
Wow!! So great!
Posted by: Twyla | July 06, 2018 at 11:38 AM
Posted by: Anna Quandt | July 06, 2018 at 11:16 AM
What an impressive letter she wrote to you Kim! You should be very proud of her! Wonderful!
Posted by: Gayle | July 06, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Impressive intelligence and literacy she has. Conveying meaning on multiple levels with correct, nuanced usage. I've always had exactly the same trouble with spelling "tomorrow!" Thanks for sharing this, Kim.
Posted by: Gary Ogden | July 06, 2018 at 09:36 AM
This is so lovely. Well done, Gianna!
Posted by: susan welch | July 06, 2018 at 09:26 AM