Well, Sammy is back in action! Today, two people from his school came to the home to do some activities with him. We had set this up before the surgery, so Sammy wouldn't get too far behind on his goals and education.
Sammy goes to the Vista School, a private school in Hershey, PA, for children with Autism. The lovely Andrea and Jason came to see him today to help him with some work. It is great to know our guy is doing well enough to sit at a table and complete some tasks! It's even greater to know that his brain is still working! That was definitely something we were all concerned about. How do you know what's going on in there if he can't talk, if he doesn't understand the simple "exercises" doctors ask you do to make sure the certain parts of the brain are still functional?
For the remainder of Sammy's recovery, he will continue to get some "at-home schooling." Just like anybody else. When most people will be out of school for a prolonged period of time, a tutor will come to their house to help them with their school work. Of all people, Sammy definitely needs this. Time is money when it comes to his education and the more time that passes, the more things he may forget or digress. Plus, the brain is plastic and can only be as good as it is used. Especially in brain surgery recovery, it is important to stimulate it and keep it awake.
Sammy had a great day and continues to show good recovery! Thank you again to everyone who is helping with meals, supporting our family, and keeping him in your thoughts!
Sorry the picture is blurry, mom took it with her dumb phone. :P
Autism from a sibling's point of view...
My name is Paige and I am 26 years old. I graduated from Towson University with a Psychology Bachelors Degree and from Johns Hopkins with a Post-Bacc Certificate in Education of Autism and other Pervasive Disorders at . I recently left my job at Kennedy Krieger Institute and began my Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at University of South Florida. My younger brother, Sammy, is 20 and has Autism. He is non-vocal, unaware of safety, is not toilet trained, cannot get himself dressed, and has difficulty with everyday activities that we all take advantage of. He works harder every single day of his life than anyone I know and he always does it with a smile on his face. He is my true hero and inspiration and because of him, I have dedicated my life to advocating and creating opportunities for individuals with Autism. I hope that I can make him proud and this blog is just a small part of the awareness I hope I can create about Autism and support other siblings impacted by Autism. I love you Sammy - thank you for everything.