Friday, June 30, 2017

Camp Bruce

This week Trenton, one of his behavioral techs, and I attended Camp Bruce. 

During the Summer of 2010, a local speech language pathologist (SLP) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) consultant received a phone call from a fellow SLP asking if she would consider providing a trial AAC intervention for a 44 year old man with Autism. He had not spoken for 35 years and had recently been admitted to the hospital. With limited means of communicating to family and no means of communicating with medical personnel, his mother was ready to try an AAC device with him. It was agreed that the SLP would work with Bruce, 2 hours a week for 4 week. By the end of the 4 weeks, Bruce was able to answer basic questions including personal information, request and communicate preferences in therapy. Even more exciting, Bruce was able to order specific foods for lunch from a restaurant. Furthermore, not only could he request to cash his check at the bank, but could ask for a particular teller. This experience was not only a life changing experience for Bruce but also for April Newton as a therapist. She was privileged to have the opportunity to work with Bruce and felt inspired to do something in honor of Bruce, and his aunt, a community member who was very active in individuals with special needs who recently passed away; and the many other families in our community who have children without a consistent means of communicating. And with those thoughts - CAMP BRUCE was initiated.

Trenton worked with his SLP graduate student and his behavioral tech on his new device.

Trenton did a great job using his AAC device. It was the perfect week to introduce his AAC device to him. It is going to be a slow process but I think he is going to be able to use it really well in the future.
I am so proud of him!! Praise God for helping us get this device! Nothing is possible without his love and guidance!




Sunday, June 25, 2017

Southern Illinois

We went to southern Illinois for a short day trip on Saturday. We just love our time there in the country.

We love seeing our goats...
Riding the 4 wheelers...

visiting with Grandma Great..
and Grandpa great.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

AAC Device

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is any form of communication that people use if they are unable or unwilling to use standard forms of communication such as speech. Since Trenton was 2 1/2 years old I have spent hundreds of dollars on different AAC forms to help him. I've tried several communication apps, sign language, communication boards,  picture exchange systems, etc. I have invested countless hours besides all the money into finding something to help him. One year ago he was finally referred to get a high tech communication device and to see a specialist. It took almost one year of paperwork, special appointments in Indianapolis, and lots of phone calls and fights, but Trenton was finally approved for his own device and we finally have it in our hands!!
I am so excited for this! It will take a while and definitely won't happen over night but  I pray that this helps him and our family eventually!

So far the first half of 2017 has been fabulous!! All of the sweat, tears, and hard work is paying off.  I am seeing answers to our prayers. I couldn't be more proud of Trenton and the team that the three of us are. We are really starting to see all of our hard work pay off. Nothing happens over night with us but it is all worth it! Our journey with a communication device is just starting. Hopefully, in a year from now our journey with our service dog in our home will be starting. I would have never imagined this all two years ago! All I can say is that God is good!

The first thing he told me on his device tonight was pizza:)
Lamentations 3:25   The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him

Monday, June 19, 2017

Life Happens Right In Front Of Our Eyes

Sometimes right in the middle of this crazy world, things happen. You don't know at the time how they are going to change your life. God wants us to be patient and let him lead us to where we are really suppose to be.

We are all on this road in life driving to our different destinies and living our life. Some times we hit potholes. Some times we wreck and are out of commission for awhile. Our destinations change a lot along the way but we don't have a choice. We simply live the life that God gave us.

My journey in life has been adventurous. It has had a lot of heartbreak and difficult times. God steered me on a road I didn't want to travel. I had different plans and autism and divorce was not a part of my plan. However, I didn't have a choice. So I accepted the road God gave me. I did and am still doing what I need to do to provide for my boys and to give them the best life possible.

I cried for years because of autism. I cried watching Trenton go through his challenges and I still do. That heartache will always be there. I can't change it, it is what it is but I can do my best to give him the best and that is exactly what I do. The same goes for Andrew!

One day, my life crossed the path of a certain man. I never thought in million years that God would start to take care of me. I have always sacrificed for my family and never thought that God would send me someone. It took me awhile to figure out what was going on and at times I still can't wrap my head around it all. However, this thing we call life sure is amazing. God is good and takes care of his people!

Right in the middle of running around to therapies, making phone calls to insurance companies, and doing all the other things that mothers and autism moms do, something special was happening with this man that crossed my path.

The past several years I have received a lot of amazing messages from my followers encouraging me and supporting me. About half of the messages were always encouraging messages about how I needed a special person in my life to support me because I was great at supporting everyone else.  I just blew those messages off. I didn't want any part of any man in my life. Well....to those of you who sent me those messages, I just wanted to tell you all that I did finally meet a man that supports me. You all were right! He was out there the entire time!
To others out there in the same situation as myself, just let life happen. It will come your way one day:)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Busy...Busy...Busy

Things have been so busy lately! There is just too much to talk about and to catch up on. I have been in over my head with appointments with the boys lately. However, I don't want to talk about that tonight. Instead, lets talk about family. My favorite part of our busy weekend was spending time with the people below.

One day my life crossed the path of the guy in the below picture and my life hasn't been the same since. I didn't expect to meet him. God placed him and his daughter in my life. He is an amazing Godly man.
Both boys get along great with him and his daughter. His daughter is fantastic with both boys. It melts my heart to watch her interact with Trenton and to watch Trenton smile and laugh back at her! Once again God isn't ignoring my prayers. He is answering them in some amazing ways.



This picture was taken at VBS this past week at church. These two are like two peas in a pod!
It's not a Tackitt get together without a baseball game!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My mom is not sneaking anything in her purse.

I have one son who can't speak and one son who makes up for him! Andrew loves to talk and he says it all! No filter!
I took him to the matinee the other day while Trenton was at therapy. He ALWAYS wants candy when he goes to the movies. I told him that we were going to stop at the dollar store and get cheaper candy. We bought our cheaper candy and I put in my purse to hide it so we could walk in because you aren't suppose to bring in anything from outside. As we are walking i...n, Andrew starts yelling, "My mom is not sneaking anything in her purse. There is nothing in her purse okay. There is no candy in her purse. We aren't doing anything wrong, okay."
I couldn't even look the cashier in the eye. This boy just tells everyone absolutely everything!! I didn't even tell him that we weren't suppose to do that either! I'm not sure where this kid comes from on some days.
God bless him.

Pool

Thankful for a great neighbor that lets us use his pool!!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Weekend

Last week was a first for me! I left Trenton with my parents over night. I haven't been away from him at night before. He has always had me at night. I am the person he wants at night if he wakes up. I am his person....therefore, I have never left him. But, for the first I did it last weekend. I handled it fairly well:)

The only time I got a little shaky was when my mom called me telling me he was walking around the her house crying and saying my name:( It made me upset but I knew he was in good hands. She got him to calm down and everything else went smoothly.

When I arrived home after the weekend, I got greeted with the most amazing smile from Trenton. I have NEVER seen that kind of smile on his face. He was so giddy! He kept putting his hand to his mouth smiling and looking me in the eye. It was an awesome moment that lasted for a good five minutes. He was SOOOO HAPPY to see me and I was so happy to see him!

Andrew and I had a good time on our adventure. We made a new friend, Alee.





Passengers

I couldn't leave the other morning until Trenton put all of my passengers in their seat:)