The BearShirt(c) is for my 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 the inspiration for this blog and the Bearshirt. 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 through trial and error I have corrected many of his symptoms with diet even before he was finally diagnosed with PDD-NOS, OCD and Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 10. Now that he is a teenager I am scared for him all over again! Parenthood...
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 and refused to be moved. 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 almost 30 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 could have become frightened, he might even become violent, then what?
Seems like every month in the news you hear of another young man with Autism SHOT by POLICE because he is having a meltdown! I don't want my son to become one of these statistics. If you have a loved one with Autism or any disorder that causes them to be or even sometimes be "Non-Verbal" - I know you worry about this too.
So I invented the BearShirt Since I can make them easily I can provide them to other folks that need them too.
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 res-ponders in an emergency, as to the location of the person of special needs; as well as a yard sign.
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