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Saturday, April 27, 2013

My son has been accepted to the culinary school he wants to go to in California.

He's graduating from the British School here in Quito with International Baccalaureate certificates. In the last few years, we've found how much he loves cooking. His grandfather (my father) is a very good cook and I'm not too shabby. With just the two of us living here in Ecuador, one way we've found to share time and interests together is to cook.

He has been loving the recipes in the SparkPeople cookbook. He asked for the Happy Herbivore cookbooks last year and we've made loads of dishes from those and they're good, too. I've been teaching him what I know of knife skills and herbs and spices and sometimes when I come home from work there's a nutritious dinner waiting for me prepared by my favourite chef. Both of us have been eating much better quality foods since we started cooking together.

Did I mention that he's autistic? We did early intervention with him when he was very young (he was diagnosed when he was 2) and these days those who don't know him well don't usually notice anything 'different' about him. When he was first diagnosed, he was completely non-verbal, threw tantrums in order to communicate, and spent all his time focused on spinning things. The doctor who diagnosed him suggested I consult a financial planner to prepare for his eventual institutionalisation. That money we set aside is now going to pay for his culinary schooling.

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    What a heart-warming blog! I have worked with autistic children/adolescents and so often I saw potential that others didn't. Thank God your son has you for his Mom! You were able to see past the "difference" and find the true gifts! Good for you! Good for him!

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    1876 days ago
    Wonderful! We've seen how early intervention makes a HUGE difference! How wonderful! Culinary school! BTW I LOVE my sparkpeople cookbook. I've made things from there that people are astounded that it came from sparkpeople!
    1877 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    This is awesome. You two have conquered the stumbling block of a disability and that it not always easy to do. Congratulations to your son. emoticon
    1877 days ago
    What a joyous and uplifting experience to share! Thanks so much for 1) not accepting the "inevitability" of the initial diagnosis/advice and 2) making this public. So much more is known about autism NOW, because of parents like you, who would NOT accept what was "known" back then.

    A great big WOo-HoO! and hugs coming your way! And congrats to your son on his acceptance into the school he wanted. LIFE is good! Spark on.
    1877 days ago
    That's awesome! Congrats to your son!
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