This June my son River will turn 18. If you know River you will know he is the sweetest kindest 17year old boy who dotes on the younger kids and loves pokemon and lego. He is working hard to make friends. However, he is not 17 as most boys would be. He relates well with his 9 year old brother (who is also autistic) and the other kids about that age. I love the childlike innocence in him.
River has asperger's syndrome. When he was younger, it took over his life. He didn't know how to make friends. Sounds and lights terrified him. Crowds were torture. Tastes and textures were traumatic. He was happiest living his life alone in his bedroom with his legos. It was very hard to reach him.
Years have passed and River has grown. He is learning how to handle himself. He can go shopping without losing his head. Though sounds still bother him he can tolerate them. He is going to a school with other students now that he is learning to interact with. He is finally really engaged in the world around him.
Between the struggles River has had and my own health issues I haven't been able to work outside of the home for many years. We have struggled financially and I haven't been able to do alot of things for my sons that kids dream about. River has never complained or begged and always seemed to understand.
A few months ago he brought an advertisement for LegoLand to me and asked if we could go. It broke my heart when I had to say that was something I couldn't do for him. He understood and didn't complain. He just said ok well maybe someday and went back to creating his fancy lego creatures.
I have been working hard to make life better and get on our feet, I have started my business and am pushing to move that forward but these things take time.
I want to give my son a wonderful childhood memory while he is still a child.
I run my own business where I make soaps and other items. I will belisting Building block and mini fig soaps and magnets online to br purchased in the hopes I can raise enough funds to take my kids to Lego Land for Rivers 18th birthday. I will also be listing a page to accept donations if anyone would be willing to help.
Asking for help is not my strong point. My son has had a really rough life, I just want to give him somethign good that he will always cherish.
I have set up a facebook
as well as an etsy
so that people don't think I am just asking for something for nothing. I really want to work to make this happen.
If you can help in anyway we would appreciate it, even if it's just a share.