This is for my 4th child and only son. His name is Sidney, but even before he was born we called him Bear, Bear-Bear, or Little Bear, I just call him Bear. He is my inspiration, he is 13 now but soon he'll be 14! Where does the time go? We have been through a lot. When he was little I was positive he had Autism but I couldn't get his pediatrician to listen. And thru trial and error I have corrected many of his symptoms with diet even before he was finally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 10. Now that he is a teenager I am scared for him all over again! lol Parenthood...
But that's not why I am writing this post. While reading some posts on one of the online Autism support groups of which I am a member, I came across a post that inspired me. I have long wanted some way to help my son in case he started having a melt-down somewhere when I wasn't there with him. While he seems very normal if not just a little odd or quirky to most people when he goes into his turtle mode he is entirely non-verbal.
Then after his latest growth spurt, he looks like he's grown too! The last melt down he had in public scared me to death, it was in November 2010 and we were in a Wal-Mart shopping, he sat down right in the middle of the ladies underwear department and covered his ears and put his head in his lap. What scared me was the idea that if he were with someone else or alone, maybe he had walked off to go the bathroom by himself, (he's way too big for the ladies room now) and something happens how will other people view him? I spent 20 minutes trying to peel him off the floor that day. If I wasn't there I can only imagine, because if some large security guard came and tried to make him get up, he might even become violent, then what?
So I came up with this idea, it’s not new just my own variation. Since I can make them easily I can provide them to other folks that need them too. I will donate 10% of the profits from the sales of the t-shirts to Autism projects so your money is going to two good causes, yours and the cause of Autism and Asperger's Education.
Here is what I came up with so far, a T-Shirt, a Hat, a Wallet Card, a Backpack Tag/Necklace Tag, and various decals that can be placed on binders, lunch-boxes, or any other thing your child or loved one may have an affinity to carry around. I am also working on a window decal that can be placed on the entrances to your home and windows to alert 1st responders in an emergency, as to the location of the person of special needs; as well as a yard sign.
In the next few days I will be posting pictures. The new url at http://www.bearshirts.org to market these products is already in production and will be live soon.
I'd love some feedback from any and all! Thanks for reading, and have a great day...