Yesterday, for the first time, Ryan took the ice as a high-school hockey player as the team began on-ice practice for the upcoming season. There were so many points on this autism journey when I thought that would never be possible. Dreams of watching my son play competitive team sports were lost in the early […]Read more "Dreams Deferred, Not Defeated"
Sometimes it seems like the only that is consistent about our autism journey is change. It’s an odd thing to call consistent, of course, but it’s true. While we focus on the present, we sometimes miss the bigger-picture changes that are happening right in front of our eyes. That is, until some milestone, event, or […]Read more "Set ‘Em Up, Knock ‘Em Down"
No matter the age, from peewee to the NHL, many hockey practices end the same way — with a shootout contest. The players take turns skating in alone against the goalie. If you score, you remain alive and get back in line. If you miss, you head to the dressing room. I’ve watched Ryan take […]Read more "When ‘Filthy’ Is a Good Thing"
As Ryan progressed through youth hockey the last few years, there was always one overriding concern for us: checking. About this our worries were no different from any other parent. We just wanted to make sure our son was safe. Given that Ryan got a late start playing the game, the concerns was that he […]Read more "I Think He’s Ready for This"
I did not have a post in mind when I left the house this morning. I had bits and pieces of one perhaps, but not enough of a common thread to pull together. Besides, I had a late beer-league hockey game last night and the thought of a nap on the train sounded appealing. But […]Read more "Joy"