A Mother’s Account of Autism (Part Four)

By Melissa Lake – Guest Contributor


All autistic children have one favorite person.  For Logan, it happens to be his older sister Chelsea. He listens to her more than most anybody else.  When Logan goes to stay with her, especially when Daddy is out of town, it means a complete night of deep sleep.  He and his sister have a strong bond that cannot be broken.  When they’re together, I do not have any worries that he will be abused, neglected or even lost with his running attempts.  Chelsea has different rules at her home than I do, and he enjoys the challenge of changing over to hers so he can spend time with her and his baby niece, Aurora.


While Chelsea is his “first favorite person,” Logan has other favorite people.  When Logan goes on his special days with his Daddy, he is full of joy.   Lately, they have a personal favorite restaurant and my husband will take all three of the boys, so I can get a few things done.  I sometimes get really nervous and call a few too many times to check on them, but as long as the medications and rules are being followed, it can make for a very successful day. Their dad also likes to take each boy out separately for a day when he is home (he often works long jobs out of town), so they don’t have to compete for time with him.  Logan’s father has a big truck and they go do fun stuff at Chuck E. Cheese, among other places.


He also adores his Grandmother Anita, and Grandfather Larry.  In fact, when Logan unexpectedly runs off, it’s usually to their house.  That’s just one reason I keep them on speed dial.  Thankfully, they’re only two doors away, and have a loving support for his needs and are always stocked with his favorite treats.


Logan is having less and less meltdowns, and he has now joined a medical therapy bus, which comes to our town monthly for Skype therapy.  He is able to sit in a cramped room as we discuss several options for his at home therapy, then we are able to take him back to school right afterwards, which is his choice because he wants to see his friends. 


But I have two important updates to report.  The first is that Logan is no longer worried about McDonald’s.   We leave the driveway and explain to him where we’re going and what we are going to do, and as McDonalds nears, if it is a drive through dinner event, we will sing the “Subway Eat Fresh” song. The other day he wanted ice cream from McDonald’s, and I wanted to keep the stress level down so I ordered his regular cheeseburger kid’s meal with a chocolate shake.  He ate the fries and drank his shake, probably took one bite of the burger and had no interest in eating it.  THIS IS BIG!


The greatest breakthrough of all so far came a few days ago when Logan read to me from a book for the very first time!!!!!  I was helping him with a book called “G is for Goat.”  I pointed to the words on the pages and he would say them aloud, and he started reading the whole sentences.  Then he just kept going.  Now he’s reading more books.  I can’t even begin to tell you what a spectacular leap this is to the next level.  He’s now making progress in his math skills as well.  I truly believe that anything else he wants do is possible and will happen in its own time.


For those who read this and want to know more, please feel free to ask.  Your comments are welcome and appreciated.  I look forward to hearing from you!



8 thoughts on “A Mother’s Account of Autism (Part Four)

  1. Melissa, what big leaps Logan is making! He sounds like such a wonderful boy, and I applaud you for the long hours and days and years of loving patience it takes to raise such a special boy. I’m sure he’ll continue to progress in leaps and bounds from here, and there’s no stopping him whatever he decides to do. Go Logan!

  2. Thank you Connie, he has been just blossoming into a little boy, he makes me so proud, he is always so loving and huggy, when he naps, he has a bear named “Brown” that is his favorite buddy to snuggle with. He is also taking OSU therapy that comes to our town, and helps refill meds and family counceling.

    Thank you so much for reading:)

  3. It is always great to see how Logan is progressing. Thanks for sharing your stories, so many of us would not know the challenges a family faces if it were not for your articles and postings.
    Keep up the good work Logan! So many of us are rooting for you!

    LaVonne Jurack

  4. LaVonne~
    Thank you for taking the time to check these articles out, hearing so just makes one want to continue working even harder towards public education of the Autism Spectrum. I am just so happy to see and hear him read and finally see some results of all his hard work, he has been a lot more calmer and its almost like I could say “he is coming into his own”, but I know there is so much more to come.

    {Small update but really BIG}
    I walked into his classroom as I always randomly have done, and he is doing his math on a calculator and writing the answers, not 1+9=10 but 5+5+7=17, then he writes it under the equation, and the teacher says “good, now” and moves the eraser on to the next. I am just standing there, no movement, no sound he turns to me stands up and says “lets go, Mom”, I say to him “Good job Logan! I am so proud of you so I am going to let you stay here and ride the bus home with your brothers”, he says “thanks Mom”, and goes back to work!!!! I could just burst with Joy!

    Hugs and Joy!!!!!

  5. That is a way cool story. Made me tear up about the reading part. I remember my own daughter reading to me for the first time, and even though it’s probably not quite the same, I can still relate. Nothing at all in this world is as precious a gift as our children. I know a little about autism, and my wife works with some boys that have it. So I do understand the leaps, and such. This is a very uplifting read.

  6. Thank you David, I hope you were able to read the first three installments. Reading is a freedom that many take for granot, I enjoy reading as do my children, and I always saw my parents reading for relaxation. You said it all when you said that “Nothing at all in this world is as precious a gift as our Children” now whos making who tear up, Happy tears of course:)

    Keep Reading this boy is taking leaps and bounds, you would not want to miss:)
    Your Friend,

  7. I remember the video of “G is for Goat”. That was awesome! When Vincent read to me for the first time, I cried like a baby later on. It’s such an amazing feeling to have them accomplish things like that. Keep up the good work mom! 🙂

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