When I found out The Philadelphia Inquirer was planning to run an op ed I wrote about Clay’s thoughts on his future, I naturally wondered what the little guy had to say about that.
“awesome to be a star,” he typed on the iPad he uses to communicate. “so cool to be famos.”
The article focuses on questions Clay raised during a session with his typing teacher. Tough questions. The kind of questions the parents of a kid with autism have a hard time facing. You can read the article here.
Did Clay have any further thoughts on those questions?
“still so sorry about making you cry,” he typed for his Mom.
“That’s OK, ” Mom responded. “I cry pretty easily.”
Any advice for other kids with autism who are struggling with what the future holds for them?
“stay strong and be realistic,” he typed. “really get a mastering of something. for me it is animals.”
Pearls of wisdom, as usual.
For first time visitors to this blog, I’m going to take the author’s prerogative of pointing out some entries from the past two years or so that you might find interesting.
“Have Mike Read” – the first time Clay typed
“A Mother’s Day Message” – Clay’s thoughts on this special day for his Mom, who is his typing partner and number one fan.
“So Proud” – an account of the first time Clay presented to a class at Arcadia University.
“Typing King” – an account of the second time Clay presented to a class at Arcadia University.
“Yo, Adrian” – Clay’s first horseback ride.
“A New Buddy” – the day we brought home Clay’s Christmas present.
Welcome to Life With Clay.