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Week 7 of Serialization: Where Does My Autistic Son Belong? Chapter 7: A MOTHER’S WISH GONE WRONG

"I wasn’t too worried about Sebastien’s behaviour for the second day of the holiday programme, as he had already experienced this embodied movement activity the previous year. Natalie, the practitioner, was highly effective in engaging the participants with her carefully-organised sequence of movements that involved using colourful ribbons, balls, and the parachute...

Boy, was I wrong.

From the get-go, Sebastien’s mind was never on the activity at hand. As the participants were asked to skip around the room, Sebastien executed his moves in an absent-minded fashion. His eyes were swivelling around the room. Before long, Sebastien had embarked on a mission to hunt down every single sticker and label that he could find in the room."

In 2019, I published Where Does My Autistic Son Belong?. It chronicles my struggle with raising my adolescent autistic son, Sebastien, and my subsequent decision of setting a home for him in Bali. As part and parcel of A Mother’s Wish initiative ( to raise awareness about the need to learn treat autistic individuals with genuine respect and empathy, I am serializing the book on Medium. All chapters to date can be accessed here:


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