Hi, I'm Sara. When my son was two, he went into a fog called Autism. He is seven now, and my family is on a mission to bring him back. Together, we are Finding Jackson.




Archive for April, 2010

Apr
30
10

After three nights of waking up at 3am or earlier, Jackson slept from 9pm to 7am this morning. That’s truly beautiful. No middle of the night arm-scratching for Jason, no flipping and flopping out on the couch with mom listening to his favorite Chris Tomlin music set for the tenth time. But still…we’ve come a long way. Continue Reading

Apr
29
10


Bringing any 4-year old into the lab for a blood draw is enough to cause a hike in your blood pressure. Jackson is no exception. Hearing the lab technician call for two co-workers “to help hold him down” gave me heart palpitations. I felt my chest tighten as I attempted to calm my quivering nerves and place a cheery smile on my face before I pulled Jackson onto my lap, wrapping my arms and legs around him. Continue Reading

Apr
26
10

Samuel and Jackson

“Oh no!!” “Is he going to be okay?” Screams reached my ears as I quickly pulled Jackson off the potty Thursday. Blood was flowing down our 18 month old’s face. His eyes were puffy little slits he was crying so hard. Samuel had fallen head first on the rocky driveway, and head wounds are scary: so much blood. Pressure applied, bleeding stopped, finally we could clean him up a little and really see how severe the blow had been: a dime-sized gouge, but deep. A quick call to the pediatrician, and we were on our way to the doctor’s office. Continue Reading

Apr
25
10

Bridgeway House 2010 Autism Run

I started training for the April 18th, Bridgeway House 2010 Run for Autism on April fools day. Was I a fool for attempting? I survived the 5K and kept up an easy jog while pushing a stroller (with some help with two of Jackson’s biggest fans, and my encouraging friends, Jaymie and Nakita). Jaymie’s words, “Pace yourself. I’d rather finish well than not at all” kept me steady until the end. It was not pretty: the red face, the huffing and puffing, Jackson losing a shoe somewhere before the midway mark, his annoyance at wearing only one shoe finally reaching a fevered pitch before I could hear it above my labored breathing, more huffing and puffing…. Continue Reading

Apr
11
10

Following his lead

“Following his lead” I shook my head as I stared at the page in front of me. I was sitting in a parent training class at Jackson’s school desperately looking for a new way to progress with Jackson at home. I had thought, “I’m a great parent and a natural teacher, I can do this.” But after months of frustrating non-interactions, I realized I needed a new strategy. So here I was, hoping to gain some new secret insights on how to convince Jackson that words are valuable for getting what you want, and interacting with your family is way more fun than flipping around your sister’s matching Valentine’s socks. Continue Reading



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