Christian BoyLove Forum #63858
Both the photographs and the notes by the photographer were very moving and insightful. There is a family at my church who has an Autistic son. I have observed how they have struggled to raise him in the nine years I have attended and been a member of this church and have been amazed at their patience and love with him. When he was younger he used to walk right up to me in church and ask me for a hug, which I gave him every time he asked. I'm not sure what type of Autism he has but it is quite severe. He constantly moves his body back and forth and likes to repeat phrases and parts of sentences that he hears. Now that he is a teenager he is even more difficult to handle, but his parents are both doing a wonderful job with him. You have to wonder what his life will be like when he is an adult; in a way it is sad.
There is an exceptional documentary about Autism called "Autism: The Musical". It was filmed over a six month period and it is about a somewhat controversial program called the Miracle Project. The program was developed by educator and coach, Elaine Hall, who's son is autistic and is also in the project. With the support of several families with autistic children, she takes these kids and helps them to work together to create a musical about autism, which is no small feat. The object of the program isn't to make a great musical of course, but to help the children to develop life and learning skills and to hopefully help them to open up to the world around them and the people who love them. It is very moving and also very helpful in better understanding those with autism.