Standing His Ground


Started my morning sharing breakfast with Cody. As I ate my Greek yogurt with blueberries and drizzled honey, I watched Cody spoon feed himself his entire meal.  I am talking very little assistance from me.  And the perfectionist he is, he did this with only 2 small drops of oatmeal falling in his lap. #makingprogresseveryday

As we were finishing up breakfast and the therapists started to arrive, I heard Cameron coming down the stairs.  As he turned the corner to the kitchen, he was wearing his Autism Awareness t shirt again.  I looked at him and just smiled. Deep in side as any mother would do I had a sense of fear but the pride overcame that feeling that he is standing his own ground from the kid that tried to bully a few weeks ago.  if you missed this blog you can find in under The Giant Dipper  #proudmoment

Last night, Cameron asked if I would time him on a reform he was presenting in his PAP History class once he finished his project. I said, “Sure, remind me, a reform is when you make a change in something in order to improve the outcome, correct?”  He replied, “yes, it typically is a social or political practice to make better or to improve to others. I am doing my reform on Autism Awareness.”  He asked me for some statistics and how others could get involved.  I shared what I knew and offered a few ideas of how to engage the students by polling them with questions and he presented his 5 minute presentation like a champ.  So proud for his passion and love he has for his brother or as Cody now says when prompt, “Bro Bro” with the deepest voice a 3 year could have.

You never know how these topics will go with middle school aged students but could not be more proud for Cameron to stand his ground and continue to educate others so we have more acceptance with children with Autism.


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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

4 thoughts on “Standing His Ground

    1. Just watched and loved the ideas for sensory play especially the soap! I would love if we would have an adaptive story time in my town! Might need to suggest! Thank you Lou for sharing!


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