Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Simple Celebrations

My nephew Aiden is 7 years old and he is on the autism spectrum. This has been a wonderful challenge for our family, and I say wonderful because, although it has been and continues to be challenging, it has been enjoyable and rewarding! Each member of our family has a unique experience in dealing with Aiden. Today I'm giving you the point of view of my sister Ria, Aiden's mommy, and what she would like to say about raising a son with autism:

Simple Celebrations...

He rode his bike 50 yards on his own!
He goes to the bathroom.
Puts his own shoes on.
Feeds himself and asks for "more please".
Asks me: "Mommy, are you okay?"
Plays hide and seek and says 
"ready or not, here I come!"

Bring out the cake and balloons let's celebrate... 

Aiden has done it!

I am always ecstatic when he does these things because he couldn't do them before or it took him several years or months to learn how to do them. 

Having a child with autism makes you want to celebrate any and every milestone they accomplish, because often it looks like they may never achieve the simple tasks / skills that we take for granted.

Aiden has had a long road to being able to do the things I mentioned above. he has made me see life in slow motion, taking it one step at a time and celebrating all the way. reminding me to celebrate and appreciate everything. My joy, my sunshine, my reason to say let's celebrate! Go Aiden!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Autism: Accept, Understand, Love!

April is Autism Awareness Month at "Just Bee You!" Beauty Products!

My nephew Aiden is on the autism spectrum, and so my goal for this month is to encourage people to learn more about autism and what they can do to support person with autism and their families. 

During this month, I'll tell you more about my nephew Aiden, I'll also be providing more information about autism, particularly on my Facebook page so be sure to head over there often! 

Also, for the month of April, 50% of the proceeds from the sale of "Herbal Hair Spritz" moisturizing hair mist, "Oils 'n' Herbs" hair & scalp oil, or "Oil of Joy" body oil, will be donated to Autism Tobago. Autism Tobago is an NGO which is committed to improving the quality of life of persons living with autism in Tobago. So shop shop shop people! Let's give a great donation to Autism Tobago!

If you live in Tobago be sure to visit the booth set up by Autism Tobago at Gulf City Mall, Lowlands. The booth will be up for the entire month of April and you can get resources and information on autism and what you can do to make a difference!