Saturday, January 26, 2013

Groundhog Thoughts

A week from today is Ground Hog day.  Perhaps you are familiar with the Bill Murray film "Groundhog Day" where Murray's character inexplicably relived the same day over and over again.  Over the course of the movie, Murray's character was able to change and become a better person.  In other words, through a force unknown, he was able to find the right conditions that enabled him to become a better person.

I have said a lot lately that under the right conditions, someone on the autism spectrum could literally change the world. but what exactly are those right conditions and where do they come from.  Well, to put it simply, finding the right conditions is a game of chance where a particular activity or therapy or hobby causes your autistic child to open up in a way that he or she has never done before.  It's all about recognizing opportunities.  As a parent, who can really say that they know your child better than you do?  When you see your child with autism respond to something, just go with it.  You don't necessarily have to understand why.

Over time, repeating the same day over and over again, Bill Murray's character in "Groundhog Day" was able to use the opportunity to really make a difference.  My brother once told me that Murray's character spent about ten years reliving the same day over again.  In reality, we don't have the time to do what Murray's character did, but we can recognize opportunities when they present themselves.  Jumping on this sort of opportunity can change the life of your autistic child for the better.

1 comment:

  1. I liked your Groundhog Thoughts, expecially the part about going with it when you see an autistic child respond to something. I mentor a man who has a serious brain injury from a car accident. It was just by accident that we disovered his interest in feeding the deer in the cemetery. We do this almost every week now, rain or shine. He loves to do this and so do I. God Bless You. Thanks for this nice post.