John has always had a vivid imagination and when he was a little boy he would play with his hands. Now, lots of autistic kids play with their hands as a tic or stim but John really played with his hands. They had names like Bob and Tony, and they came from Handom.
Fast forward several years later, when the “story” came up again. He was playing with his hands and really self-talking a lot and one day I just asked, “What are you doing?” He said, “Bob and Tony were fighting.” I asked him to tell me more about his story. He started telling me more and ended up having many characters and they all came from Handom. I thought it was a cool concept and I suggested we put a story together.
It’s hard enough to get a kid to do something, but to write a book – whew. John was excited but nervous. He had a great idea but we needed to bring it to life. I became the scribe as John rattled off his characters and started drawing his ideas. It was a wonderful feeling to know that my suggestion was bringing my son such joy. Some days it wasn’t easy but I call myself “the nudger” for a reason.
If we can make this happen, the sky is the limit. More next time – stay tuned for the next chapter.
By: Lauren Miller
President, Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, Methuen
Adventures in Handom