Thank you to everyone who left get well wishes on my last post about having contracted scarlet fever. After a few days of resting and antibiotics, I am on my way to feeling better. I was even able to log a couple of hours of work from home today, although getting myself up and into the office was beyond what I could do!
I finally got the pictures from our ASA Christmas party downloaded and wanted to share a few. Our local chapter (Greater Harrisburg Area Autism Society of America) does several large family events throughout the year, and this is one of the best. Santa brings a gift for each child (including siblings), and it is always a fun time of catching up with other families and enjoying the holiday season.
Here’s Michael with the Head Elf:
Smiling big for Santa and Mrs. Claus:
Opening his Speed Racer Legos that he “didn’t know he wanted” - i.e. they weren’t on his Christmas list but he loved them:
And trying out karaoke for the first time with a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells:
Obviously not everyone who attends a big event like this enjoys being around lots of people with its activity and noise, but the volunteers and board members work hard to find a way for everyone to participate and enjoy the afternoon, and no one has to worry about other people judging their child’s ways of expressing either happiness or displeasure. We have all learned to expect the unexpected, and sometimes the unexpected is that everyone has a great time!