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I am going to put a plug in here for our awesome dentist – Dr. Lorscheider at Lone Peak Dental. He and his office staff are top notch and won ‘extra cool’ pts with us when they rented out theaters at Thanksgiving Pt and invited their patients for a private viewing of Harry Potter! The office staff came dressed up and it was a fun morning! See them for all your dental needs! 🙂

In as much conversation as you can possibly have while a dentists works on your cavities, we got on the subject of the twins having autism and he introduced us to the Utah Symphony Concert.

Utah Symphony and Orchestra - picture taken from their webpage at http://www.usuoeducation.org

The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera host a “special needs” concert once a year at the Capital City Theater in Salt Lake City. The concert is roughly an hour long and it is understood that those in attendance may not be quiet or attentive for the duration of the concert.

We ventured and took the kids last year for what turned out to be a great evening. Our older twin, especially, loved the music and that led us to chance taking the kids to see Peter Pan at BYU a few weeks later. We saw Peter Pan on the same night that BYU played SDSU in Basketball – it was in the middle of Jimmer Fredette mania and two top ten teams playing a nationally televised game, so the theater wasn’t as full as it usually is. We were able to get seats on the front row despite making last minute reservations! The kids LOVED it!

At the Utah Symphony Concert at Capital City Theater

While the concert is free to all in attendance, registration is required and it was pretty full last year so please check it out and sign up quickly! If you are coming let me know! We hope to see you there! Happy New Years to everyone!

When I first heard our twins had autism, I didn’t understand what that meant.  I had heard of ‘autism’ but that was about it and that started my journey into the autistic world.  I am no expert nor am I in any way qualified to speak on autism but. . . .this is our journey from a dad’s perspective.

I remember spending a ton of time late at night or during down times at work searching through the internet and looking for as much as I could about autism.  I believe that while this helped me ‘understand’ a bit more what autism is, I still was left struggling to relate to my kids and what they would be going through.  More than anything, I wanted to find sources that would talk about day to day life with autism and how to be a better parent for my kids.

That’s what I hope this does for someone else out there who is a little overwhelmed by the responsibilities of not only being a parent and now, taking on another responsibility that let’s face it – can either be a source of joy or an additional burden and stress.

I’ll introduce the boys in future posts and hope to share not only our experiences, but other resources or ideas that I find along the way.  Since the boys have already celebrated a few birthdays, I’ll do short recaps on our journey so far but honestly, I don’t know what this blog will look like but anything that I find helpful, interesting, or amusing – I’ll be sure to post.

Like I said in the “About” page, my only goal with this blog is that if you are up late at night looking for experiences with autism and learning more about “what life is like” helping children with it, that you’ve found a blog that provides you with some insight to your questions. . . . and helps you sleep easier.  🙂