Before Michael came into our lives I had little knowledge of the world of "special needs"children.
People like Michael are safest living at home with loving family members, people who know him well and can interpret from his behavior if something is wrong.
Michael goes to a special school and has an after school caregiver until his parents return from work. But, he needs help with skills they do not teach in school, skills that make it easier for his family to care for him, for this he has a special therapist.
She teaches him to use an assistive communication device to ask for what he needs.
She assists him in feeding helping him to impove technique. I can attest, there is a lot of room for improvement. When school and therapy are over, he likes to kick back and relax, just like anyone else.
He concentrates on putting the toy together. He doesn't see why Grandma is busy with her camera and not holding his hand.
"I want to go for a walk, forget the photo shoot" at least I think that is what he would say if he could speak.
I had hoped to take him to the accesable playground and Griffith Park but it was 100 degrees and he was not feeling well so we all stayed home.
We enjoyed our weekend with Michael and his parents enjoyed their weekend away. Generous child that he is, he shared his cold with Grandma, it was worth it to spend time with this special child.
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