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a Skipper Too

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William’s legs are long.  Like, really long.  He’s always looked the same.  To put it into perspective, at birth, he weighed in at 6 lbs and yet his length was 22.5 inches. Yep, I told you, long!  He almost never wears a pair with the “worn” look because they’re off and then it’s on with another new and longer pair.

But, as I look at these long gangly legs, I am reminded about so much more than pant purchasing woes.  Over the past 8 years, these legs have entered more therapeutic facility doors and have endured more therapy hours than one can even conceive.

With these legs, he has achieved more success than I hope to in a lifetime.

These legs never crawled as a baby and standing and walking were HUGE milestones in more ways than one.

At one point, I thought these legs would never be able to run…

The plethora of hours in occupational and physical therapy certainly helped these legs reach their goal.  In fact, the goal was surpassed by mastering the “light” jog.  As William grew more strong and mobile, the “jog” one day became a “run.”

Every year, the Fowler Four participates in a phenomenally fun and meaningful 5k race and every year I am reminded of these long gangly legs and how far they have taken him… how far they have taken, us.

I continue to be blessed by each step that is mastered, his legs, his strength, his ability to tolerate hours upon hours of hard therapy and academics.

Guess what???  You will never.  These long gangly legs can now skip. <smile>

What has been accomplished that you never thought possible?

To read more blogs from Melanie, Seth and TheFowler4Group, check out their Website (www.lookatmyeyes.com) and while you’re there, buy a copy of their book, “Look At My Eyes”.  Or find them on YouTube.  To contact TheFowler4 Group email: info@thefowler4group.com

Success is Possible with Autism

It was over two years ago…but yet it seems like it was just yesterday.  If you haven’t read my post from 4/13/11 entitled “Vacation and Autism..a Father’s Sadness” then I would encourage you to do so before you continue.

If you don’t have time to read it…and it’s a pretty lengthy blog…then here’s the summary.  Two years ago, the Fowler4 went to a local indoor swimming/slides/amusement facility in the DFW Metroplex called The Great Wolf Lodge…at NO FAULT of the facility…we had a MISERABLE time!

It was B-E-Y-O-N-D brutal with our son…who was a little over 5-years-old at the time.  Needless to say, we cut the staycation short and experienced sadness and trauma and frustration that we rarely had to deal with.

Earlier in 2013 my wife mentioned we try Great Wolf Lodge again.

“NO FREAKING WAY” was my reply!  I wanted zero part in that experiment again.  I didn’t want to spend the money (it’s really pricey) and I didn’t want to spend the time or the possibility that we’d have a similar outcome like we did in 2011.

But we decided to go.

IT WAS WONDERFUL!

I can’t tell you how different it was.  William is two years older…so that makes a difference for sure, but his entire demeanor was 100% different this time.

We played in the pools, he was able to stand in line, ride the slides by himself, he obeyed instructions and would wait for us at certain spots when we were behind him in line…it was awesome!

What was really cool is that he was able to ride on all the big kid slides and rides…the ones my wife and I wanted to go on!

I think they have 4 or 5 slides/shoots that you need a tube and go tandem or in a group.  William had zero hesitancy and in fact, wanted to ride the biggest and most challenging one over and over and over…

It was one of my proudest moments.  He did wonderfully and I was/am so proud of him and his progress.

We will certainly be going back to this place and others.  With this success so many new opportunities will be opened for us in terms of amusement parks and events.

Success is possible…we did it!  I saw it.  I was so proud of him and how well he did.

Hang in there fathers with kids on the spectrum…I’ve blogged about it time and time again…expectations will be smashed at first but they will take on a new shape and form and will be met with you and your child.

Thanks to Great Wolf Lodge and their wonderful staff…there were a few times when we needed to let them know about William’s situation but few and far between and it was mostly for our sake and not his or the Park’s.

To read more blogs from Seth and TheFowler4Group, check out their Website (www.lookatmyeyes.com) and while you’re there, buy a copy of their book, “Look At My Eyes”.  Or find them on YouTube.  To contact TheFowler4 Group email: info@thefowler4group.com