Little Steps

14 Aug

One of the hardest paths I’ve ever taken as an autism parent was to try to find a direction for my son’s abilities. Alphonse, to this day, has very limited interests, save for bubbles, toddler playthings, and Disney music. For years, we’ve tried to expose him to different things- to music and dance, to sports, to technology- but Alphonse’s interests are slow in changing. For sure, that boy is as headstrong as his momma. 🙂

Recently, however, we found something that actually excited him, and guess what it is- food shopping! And I don’t mean just food shopping in a sanitized, high-end grocery or supermarket (which still confuses him somewhat); this young man loves all sorts of markets, from the dinky sari-sari (convenience) stores scattered all over our small neighborhood to the talipapa (temporary wet market) a couple of streets away.

And while he never, ever, ever goes out unaccompanied by an entourage of devoted groupies, he always savors the chance to say hello to the neighbors and be part of our little barrio. It makes my heart sing when he waves back to the people in the street like a celebrity. You have got to be amazed at his perseverance to become part of people’s lives, even when many others have given up hope in him.

This little piggy went to market!

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He loves to buy vegetables for his favorite meal of sinigang (braised pork in tamarind stew).

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Then he does a short sidetrip to buy a packet of cookies, a reward for good behavior.

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Mission accomplished!

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I think we finally have a job training plan for him. 🙂


6 Responses to “Little Steps”

  1. Cristina Llana Liu August 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    so excited for what is yet to come 🙂 please hug Alphonse for me too

    • Kittymama September 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      Thank you, Cristina! He feels all the love around him and is thriving because of it. 🙂

  2. Insung August 15, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    I am very happy for you! My sister is autistic as well but where she is, there is not many places I can bring her around. I wish my sister liked what your son likes doing too! It could be a good exercise and a good change to interact with people.

    • Kittymama September 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      I just visited your blog, Insung, and I feel sad that you are far away from your sister right now. But study well and make something of your life and perhaps you can help not only your sister but so many others like her. 🙂

  3. skinniemeanie August 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    nice! good job, alphonse!

    • Kittymama September 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Thank you, Tita Skin! 🙂

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