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Celebrate successBy Cathy Jameson

A couple times this past week, I’ve seen news sources sharing their top 2019 stories.  Some shared a list of their Top 10 in one post while others offered a daily recap over the course of a few days.  I’ve done that here on Age of Autism a few years ago, and thought it would be neat to do that again.  But life got too busy and prevented me from doing anything like that this year.  Not wanting to ignore all that’s been accomplished in the last 12 months, I want to propose something different.  Instead of us here at AofA sharing our top stories, can I ask that you share something amazing that happened for you or your family? 

We’ve been able to build each other up before, so tell us about your favorite moment of 2019.  I’ll start with something that’s been making me smile ever since Ronan accomplished it, then you leave your something awesome in the comments below. 

Not only did Ronan indicate that he is aware of toileting needs in 2019, but he did something really cool with his siblings about 3 weeks ago.  Now, those outside our community may not understand why we all leaped for joy the day that Ronan did this, but we are still all sorts of giddy thinking about it.  That’s because Ronan keeps doing it.  What does he do? 

Ronan comes up to us, peers deeply into our eyes, then, ever so slightly touches our nose.  Staring straight into our eyes a few seconds longer, he then moves his nose a little to the left and a little to the right.  Because he’s doing nosies!!!  It looks absolutely ridiculous and incredibly silly, but he finally understood how to play the nosey game.  Like that toileting feat, it only took 15 years for Ronan to be able to play it.  It’s more than a simple game though.  It’s gaining attention from someone and it’s positive and sustained interaction with that someone.  More than anything, though, it’s endearing.

Some days, it’s the little things that keep me going.  I’ll always hope and pray that Ronan can make more gains, and maybe even some bigger ones in 2020.  I’ll hope and pray for that for you and your child also.

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.





Dr. William H. Gaunt

I taught high school chemistry and anatomy for many years in a small town in Florida. It is very gratifying that some of my former students are now having babies and are choosing not to vaccinate them.


Cathy-congratulations to Ronan for reaching out and playing the nosies game with you and your family and with eye contact too! He wants to show affection to all of you and that is a great accomplishment. He is showing you all that he loves you! My son's accomplishment is that when he sees me looking sad or crying about something he will then come up and hug me for a long time and say mommy is sad and he is comforting me. He will stay with me for a long time and then he says that mommy is feeling better now. He is showing me that he loves me and I am deeply grateful that he has started doing this with me. As you say, when our children can connect with us and show how much they love us it is a very wonderful thing!

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