It has been a long time since I have written, but our lives have changed again, and this time, I believe it is for the better. We have lived in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for one year now, and it is a real nice town (about 80,000). I love our house, and we have the nicest neighbors we could have hoped for. We only live about 1 1/2 blocks from Maureen’s school, and she says she feels real “at home” there. She has the same teacher for 5th grade that she did for the 4th, and is still making A’s. She is active in Girl Scouts and church activities, so has some social life too. (10 years old)
Ben (autistic) is opening up more and more. He still has a LONG way to go, but every “little” improvement helps SO much. He is going to the Roger Bost School for Limited Children, which is mostly for retarded children, but they have accepted him and are learning to “know” him, and to see his improvements for themselves. He is the only autistic child there that I know of. It means so much to have him ACCEPTED. He gets to ride the school bus to school and back home, and gets to go all-day this year (for the very first time in his life). It has really been a change for me. Ben has been so heartbreaking and frustrating…and yet he is so “special” and challenging. I have almost given up on the theory of a “breakthrough”…and yet his teacher this year, Mrs. Lee, sees what we mean about his seeming potential. We started him two days ago on Dr. Rimland’s mega-vitamin therapy. I hope and pray it helps him!
Johnny is quite a boy (age 3). He is the answer to my hopes for a little “middle of the road” child…although I certainly think he is exceptionally bright. He says so many things that I can’t possibly write them all down, and we enjoy him so. He is very loving and good-natured…all boy, but very sweet to go with it. It has been SO good for all of us to see him develop and relate normally, and makes us realize even more what problems Ben has had. Johnny understands and perceives naturally (with no help from us) what Ben has taken days, months and years to percieve. Ben and Johnny relate to each other well (Johnny has never known any different), and that warms our hearts too. Maureen remembers Ben when he COULD play and talk, and she continues to work with him when possible to help “bring him out of it!” I feel SO blessed! Thank you Lord for an answer to our prayers!