A quick lesson on the life cycle of a seed and crop farming.

When seeds are planted, they first grow roots. Once these roots take hold, a small plant will begin to emerge and eventually break through the soil. When this happens, we say that the seed has sprouted. The scientific name for this process is germination.

It is essential for roots to grow down so they can explore the soil and maximize their water uptake. Plant growth is caused by water that is absorbed by the plant’s roots and sunlight that spurs photosynthesis, which is the process of creating food for the plant. Plants also need space, time, clean air, healthy soil and nutrients to grow.

A cultivated plant that has fully grown can serve as a food, especially a grain, fruit, or vegetable.  Once grown, crops offer several potential benefits for farmers but careful planning to achieve the desired goals is a must. (time of season, weather conditions, etc.)

Once crop has met its full potential, it’s time to harvest them.  For example, hay would have been cropped several times through the summer.

A few months back, a very close friend told me she was going to start celebrating Cody’s progress and call them a CROP.

CROP (Cody Rivers Outstanding Progress).



Her theory is their will be bad days but if we keep trying to let the good days over-shadow the bad, we can then stay focused and celebrate another CROP!

I loved this.  When you look at this cycle, it’s a lot like his ABA therapy. Planted properly with the right amount of learning, environment, probing, instruction and patience; it will give you the outstanding progress and allow you to achieve the desired goals just as it does for crop farming.

So we now celebrate every CROP.  These can be a CROP of any size because in the autism world, there is no such thing as a small CROP.  We celebrate all these successes on Cody’s page when I can capture on video.  Thank you Pam for your everlasting support.


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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

5 thoughts on “C.R.O.P.

  1. There has been nothing more rewarding than too watch Cody’s progress. I, too, am so grateful to my
    life long friends who love and support Cody. And so thankful to Shelley who keeps us all intertwined with
    her great blogs!


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