A Rite of Passage

I have no other way to say it other than Matthew is now a Cub Scout! Can you believe it? I know I can’t. This was not a day we expected to see. We hoped it would come, but lying in my bed late at night, worrying over autism and what it was doing to Matthew, well, I never thought we’d get to Cub Scouts. 

We thought long and hard on what after school activity to put Matthew in, if at all. He has been taking swimming lessons for over a year now and I hope one day for him to be on a swim team, but he isn’t there yet. He expressed an interest in Karate and in the Cub Scouts. We attended meetings on both and with his help decided to give Cub Scouting a try. I liked the idea of Cub Scouts because it is a social group and the feeder school is his elementary school, so almost every child in the den is also in his grade. That means that he is building relationships with these boys, and they with him.

Last night was a den meeting and I stayed out in the hall while he participated with his wolf brothers. They were happy to see him and he joined right in. He didn’t need me at all. Today we got the email to see if we are going on their first camping trip in a few months! Yikes. I’m a bit nervous about that, but he is thrilled. He just wants to do everything the other kids are doing.  And he has already done his first fundraiser. We have walked to our neighbor’s homes asking if they would like to order Cub Scout Popcorn. He got a few sales. He also participated in selling the popcorn in front of several stores. He has shown to be gregarious young man, asking people, in a nice strong voice, if they “Would like to buy some dee-licious popcorn or make a donation?” He got quite a few laughs and many people donated. I was super proud of my Cub Scout. 

Biomedical interventions have given us a glimpse of the boy Matthew will become. He is so close to being fully recovered that most people are amazed when we say he has autism. He actually seems more like he has ADHD now, which means we are making progress. Peeling away layer after layer of that autism onion.  We fully expect to have him recovered in the near future. Stay Well.

 

 

About the Author

 

Maryann DellaRocco is the mother behind the blog Matthew’s Puzzle, which chronicles her journey into the world of autism and biomedical interventions. She is married and has three boys, her oldest is on the spectrum. Follow her on Twitter: @matthewspuzzle.
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