The Craighead House is home to a typical family of five with the exception that autism resides here as well. My house is constantly filled with laughter and complete and utter chaos. It is my hope that this blog will give people a glimpse of how weird, and at the same time wonderful, living with autism can be. I am not looking to change my family and I don’t want advice on how to help them become “normal” or how to fix them. I love them the way they are and do not wish for any of us to conform to other’s standards.
Scot (Dad) is a computer programmer, a very good trumpet player, and an amazing father. He is also frequently referred to as a Vulcan (everything must be logical) and has been called Spock and Lenny (as in Leonard Nimoy) throughout his life. Yes some call him Scotty as well. He is a huge Star Trek fan and, well, anything sci-fi will do. Scot has instilled his love of science fiction on our three children, as well, and the house is overrun with little Trekkies. He is also a mathematician and I am very thankful for that, because I can only help my kids with basic math questions and anything above algebra is just gibberish in my mind.
Katie ,my oldest child, was born with a trumpet in her mouth and has been tooting her own horn ever since. If you are playing a trivia game, you will want Katie on your side, however, if you are forming a synchronized swimming team, you will want to look elsewhere. She loves to play holiday songs in the spring, just to see if anyone is paying attention and she loves to wear mismatched socks, just because she can. Katie is a Junior in college where she is studying music education and trumpet performance, as well as dabbling in mathematics (her other love). She is an incredibly good student and an amazing trumpet player. She hopes to become a teacher/band director when she graduates.
Joey is in ninth grade and is also very intelligent and does well in school. He has a black belt in Taekwondo and he plays the banjo. Yes I said banjo (we had fun finding a banjo teacher in the Pacific Northwest). He is also a percussionist who loves playing mallets. Joey has an incredible sense of humor and I love just sitting and talking and laughing with him. He wants to be a music teacher, like his sister, when he grows up but I also think he might follow in his father’s footsteps by working with computers, his other love. Only time will tell.
Sam is the youngest and is on the autism spectrum. He is a hilarious ten year old and quite a bit of this blog centers around the world through his eyes. Yes he can be a handful at times, but he can also be the sweetest person anyone could ever hope to meet. Sam is not in any way a typical ten year old and he will often come across as a lot younger than he is. Socially he is way behind where a child his age should be, but that is normal for someone on the spectrum and eventually he will catch up. He still cannot read above about a first or second grade level and writing is extremely difficult for him, but he is steadily learning at his own pace and that kid remembers everything you read to him. He is a little walking encyclopedia that does not know how to spell. Animals are his main fascination and he loves watching the Discovery Channel and Science Channel, as well as cartoons including the animated shows that teach kids to read. He really wants to learn to read and he tries and if he is anything like his father (which he is) it will all click in his brain in the very near future and then I cannot even fathom what he will be learning about next. Sam says that he wants to be an animal biologist when he grows up.
Then there is me (Debbie). I am the mother of these wonderful kids, wife to a wonderful man, and I am thankful that I get to be a part of this craziness. I home-school Sam and I love getting to spend my time hanging out with this amazing group of individuals.
I hope you enjoy this little slice of our lives.
- 10 Positive Traits of Asperger’s (seventhvoice.wordpress.com)