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Today marks the first year that Aaron has not started school since he was 4 years old. I asked him if he was upset, depressed, or sad about it. He does what Aaron does: looked down, looked back up in deep thought, then looked back at me and replied, "I'm a little sad." My heart ached for him, but I hid it. We talked about what's next for him, his journey of full time employment. As in all Spectrum affairs, it will not be easy, but we have come to expect it and roll with the punches.

This summer's experiences have had me more reflective than usual. What did I miss? How did I not see he needed more or less of SOMETHING? What could I have done differently to help him? How much have I enabled him? I asked these questions of myself because deep down, I blame myself and no one else. I think I pushed and enabled Aaron at the same time, creating a perfect storm of sorts.
So now, Aaron starts a new leg of his journey, with us in tow. I'm learning to back off more, let him make the mistakes that young adults make, and help only when asked. I realize after all these years of planning and fighting that's it's time for me to stop. Part of me doesn't want to; fighting for Aaron is all I know. But the other part of me knows that in order for him to mature and be the man God wants him the be, I have to fade into the background.

What will I do with myself? I need not worry. I have a very active 14 year old that's keeping us busy.

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#ausomeLife
#TeamAaronForever
#autismacceptance

I'm fucking exhausted, friends. This is me faking it to make it but I'm running on fumes. I'm trying my best not to be short or grumpy but I'm failing. I wish for 8 hours of sleep. Shoot even 6 STRAIGHT hours would be amazing. I wish to feel not so tired. I wish I knew what else to say but my head is not functioning at the moment... #me #beingreal #exhasuted #ausomelife

Picked up Collin's weighted blanket today! Put it over him and he said, "Aaahhhhh." Anxious to see if it helps his stress level. Thank you, Isaac Foundation! It's such a beautiful gift!!!! #autismlife #isaacfoundation #ausomeson #ausomelife #weightedblanket

@primarydotcom dresses are the hit of Maggie's summer. So comfortable and easy, and nothing to rub or itch or feel unpleasant. #autism #ausomelife

This guy did so awesome on his field trip to the grocery store!!๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฆ
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Today marks the first year that Aaron has not started school since he was 4 years old. I asked him if he was upset, depressed, or sad about it. He does what Aaron does: looked down, looked back up in deep thought, then looked back at me and replied, "I'm a little sad." My heart ached for him, but I hid it. We talked about what's next for him, his journey of full time employment. As in all Spectrum affairs, it will not be easy, but we have come to expect it and roll with the punches.

This summer's experiences have had me more reflective than usual. What did I miss? How did I not see he needed more or less of SOMETHING? What could I have done differently to help him? How much have I enabled him? I asked these questions of myself because deep down, I blame myself and no one else. I think I pushed and enabled Aaron at the same time, creating a perfect storm of sorts.
So now, Aaron starts a new leg of his journey, with us in tow. I'm learning to back off more, let him make the mistakes that young adults make, and help only when asked. I realize after all these years of planning and fighting that's it's time for me to stop. Part of me doesn't want to; fighting for Aaron is all I know. But the other part of me knows that in order for him to mature and be the man God wants him the be, I have to fade into the background.

What will I do with myself? I need not worry. I have a very active 14 year old that's keeping us busy.

#authenticlife
#ausomeLife
#TeamAaronForever
#autismacceptance

My new workstation to do TEACCH with my clients ๐Ÿ™‚ The goal of Structured TEACCHing is to promote meaningful engagement in activities, flexibility, independence, and self-efficacy. The goal is to teach the kid to work independently. The work system is also organized in such a way that the kid has little or no difficulty figuring out what to do. #autism #asd #aba #teacch #teacchtasks #learningbydoing #learning #tasks #ausomelife #abatherapy #workschedule #livingonthespectrum #autismawareness #autismacceptance #autismo #autismkids #autismparent #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teaching #TEA #mundoazul #autismmom #autismodad #aprendendosempre #onetwotree

Taylor Bolin is the owner and operator of Ausome Adaptive, LLC. She received her bachelor of arts in Anthropology, bachelor of arts in Sociology, and her Master of Education in Special Education concentrating in Autism from Texas Tech University. She discovered her passion for working with people with special needs while working at High Point Village, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During her time there she also developed her first adaptive fitness program. She dreams of one day having a gym for her adaptive programs and a day program for enrichment classes. When she's not working, she is spending time with her two french bulldogs or playing video games on her ps4. She loves all things Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars!
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We met so many kind people @surfershealing that really made a difference and made this surf experience #OnePerfectDay ๐Ÿ’™ Pic of my client saying thank you to Shay ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒŠ#surfershealing #surf #autism #surf2heal #surfboy #OnePerfectDay #tourmalinebeach #surfspot #asd #surfing #autismawareness #autismacceptance #ausomelife #napraia #pegandoumaonda #surfers #surfando #umdiaperfeito #autismo #surfando #surferlife

Yesterday was a great day at the beach ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ’ฆโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’™@surfershealing event. They have so many good people working ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป They're ready to help and make this day an amazing experience. My client caught two waves ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ Thank you @surfershealing for this ausome day ๐Ÿ˜ƒOne Perfect Day! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป #surfershealing #surf #autism #surf2heal #surfboy #OnePerfectDay #tourmalinebeach #surfspot #asd #surfing #autismawareness #autismacceptance #ausomelife #napraia #pegandoumaonda #surfers #surfando #umdiaperfeito #autismo #surfando #surferlife

"Energy and persistence conquer all things" ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It looks just like a sandy bodyboard but it means so much ๐Ÿ’™ It took over a month of aba therapy outings for my client to touch this board ๐Ÿ˜ He had a bad experience in the water once before and after that we started working on the goal to enjoy the beach again ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ’ฆโ˜€๏ธ and get ready to go surfing with Surfers Healing. I feel so happy for this day and his accomplishment ๐Ÿ˜„ Little by Little. Day by Day. We are looking forward for the next @surfershealing ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Surf event ๐Ÿ„on July 26. #autism #asd #smallaccomplishments #biggoal #surfershealing #oneperfectday #surf2heal #surftherapy #surfingagain #allsmiles #autismspectrumdisorder #surf #beach #autismawareness #autismacceptance #livingonthespectrum #ausomelife #autismo #terapianapraia #aba #littlebylittle #beachgoals #praia #surfboy #TEA #surfnapraia

Families on the spectrum really stress about this more than they should. Some kids have therapy 5 days a week and the amount of cleaning some families do before the therapist comes can be overwhelming. Messy is not dirty. The therapists understands ๐Ÿ˜Š It's hard to keep organizing all the toys the kids are playing ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Just relax because we focus on the kid and we can make part of the therapy to put the toys away ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š #cleanupcleanup ๐ŸŽถ #playtime #cleanuptime #toysorganizer #wedoittogether #aba #abatherapy #behaviortherapist #funandwork #autismmom #autismdad #autismfamilies #autismparents #relaxdontstress #ausomelife #lifeonthespectrum #therapyeveryday #autismawareness #autismacceptance #autismo #asd TEA #focusonthegoodthings #autismlife #crianรงasespeciais #terapiacognitivocomportamental #casabagunรงadacrianรงasfelizes #casadecoradaporcrianรงas #brinquedosportodolado #organizando #naterapia Repost: @findingcoopersvoice

Who said the sky's the limit ? The more you dream, the farther you get ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜ƒThe only limit of your realization of tomorrow is the doubts of today. Have a great weekend everyone and #dreamon ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜๏ธ #ausomelife #asd #dreamcatcher #hopeful #gooddays #improvingeveryday #progressnotperfection #happylife #autism #skysnotthelimit #beyondblessed #autismo #autismocomamor #autismawareness #autismacceptance #lifeonthespectrum #beyondthesky #autismfamily #autismparents #autismmom #autismdad #autismfamiliessticktogether

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