We are a large blended family! Our family has been affected by autism by 3 of the most amazing boys I have ever known.
Mikel is our 21 year old son. We are so very proud of the young adult he has become. He is quirky, brutally honest, so very smart, funny, helpful, and loves with his whole heart. Mikel has overcome so many hurdles and is on a great path to independence.
Our 12 year old grandson Johnathan is affected by asperger's syndrome. In his younger years he struggled with behaviors and anger but is learning to recognize those things and how to cope. He is extremely smart, passionate about the things he loves and loyal to a fault. John's perseverance inspires me so much more than he will ever know.
Last but certainly not least is our Jacob. He is 4 years old and has a neurotypical twin Blake. We nicknamed them the Twinsleys thinking they would someday be a force to be reckoned with, we had no idea how true that would be. Jacob is nonverbal and an extreme sensory seeker. Don't be mislead though, while he is nonverbal he makes LOTS of sounds! He has been in therapies since he was 10 months old attends a special program at our local public school. We do jumping, chewing, and lots and lots of TV and music! Jacob has brought so much love and joy into our lives. While we don't know what his future holds we feel so extremely blessed to be on this road with him.
We are not alone in this journey, there are thousands in our state going through similar things. We couldn't do it on our own and the support we have found in the Autism community has been nothing short of amazing. We would love for you to join us in raising awareness in our community while we raise funds for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.