Instant Family vs. Steel-Cut Family

This morning Cody and I shared a bowl of oatmeal and it got me thinking about how Brad and I don’t just have 2 children anymore. This number instantly turned into three sons and two daughters not including our two 4-legged daughters and our occupational therapists!

While we were eating, one of the therapist came in through the garage greeting us with a, “good morning.”  He sat at our kitchen table while taking off his shoes in preparation of Cody’s ABA therapy sharing small talk about his weekend. It felt good. It felt like our real family and our professional family was instantly ONE.  

Think about what is the difference between steel-cut, rolled oatmeal vs instant oatmeal?

While these varieties have undergone a different level of processing, resulting in different textures and cook times, they all still have the same nutritional value. Steel-cut, rolled, and instant oats all have the same nutritional profile since they’re all made from whole oat groats.  If you compare this to family, how long the oat is processed would be like the age of the person. And the age of the person, would give them a different look and personality.  And just like us, we have this instant family that has all come together for Cody Rivers.  Three from blood and the others Phoenix, Kansas and Oklahoma!

ABA is considered the “gold standard” for autism intervention and is an evidence-based “best” practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.  

In home ABA therapy has been a wonderful choice for our family.  I was on the fence on how I would like people in and out of our home on average of 20 hours per week and being part of our evening routines. But, again they are not just people they became our instant professional family and I would not change a thing!  

Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

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