Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Skyler Comes to Read and Nicholas Pays it Forward

My children are the recipients of lots of special needs services.

Many caring individuals provide my children with services like: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavioral management therapy and social skills training, to name just a few.

It is very rare that we get a chance to give back. This year however, Nicholas got his opportunity.

Skyler is a loving, beautiful fifth grade girl. The school thought Skyler would benefit by helping another student. They came up with a brilliant idea of how to help Skyler give back and how to help Nicholas learn how to read. Skyler's loving nature makes her the perfect reading coach. Nicholas's calm and patient demeanor helps Skyler to feel good about herself.

So, every day Skyler comes to read to Nicholas during recess. They pick out a book, curl up on a rug and read together. Nicholas listens intently and when Skyler is finished, he gives her a big hug and thanks her for coming to read to him.

They are like two kindred spirits, each happy just knowing they are helping another child in need, each thankful and happy to have a friend to love.