Yes, we are still alive!  This post should be talking about oh-so many things…Scout’s 11th birthday, the fact that he’s been seeing a social worker who has referred us to yet another doctor that specializes in OCD and tics that he believes may be coming on from his meds, Scout acing the Geography Bee at his school and now going on to State in less than a week…all such important things to share, but alas….not tonight.  My school studies have taken so much of my time that I haven’t been able to share much of Scout’s adventures these days…I will get to it, I promise–but for now there is something else I want to make sure you all know about!

Recently my friend James contacted me about a fabulous school called Minnesota Life College.  Being that April is Autism Awareness month we thought it would be a great time to shed a little light on this gem.  In reading about this place I felt honored to share what I’ve learned.

Minnesota Life College, or MLC, is a not-for-profit vocational and life-skills training program for young adults with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.  Not only do they help them learn and grow in a safe and caring environment, MLC partners with organizations and business to help facilitate the graduates find work.  Many graduates go on to live in an extension of the community called GLC, the Graduate Living Community.  For you parents out there wondering just where your child will fit in once they finish high school, doesn’t this just sound like a dream??

Watching these video success stories of Jason and Anna-Lisa is so heartwarming.

I have to say, even though Scout has got a few years before I have to start worrying about the college thing (OK, you got me…I started worrying about college the day he got his diagnosis!) it really surprises me that this school is right outside my back door and I have never heard of it.  I don’t know if he’ll need such a place or not, but it sure makes me breathe a bit easier knowing it’s there.  Please spread the word and let people know this is there for them!!!


As a child if my parents had told me I’d have to spend some summer days in a classroom I would have completely balked. School in the summer??  No Way.  Scout, on the other hand, not only tolerates it–he LOVES going.

I for one am not looking forward to ‘real’ school starting, mostly because it brings the stress on for Scout. Summer has been so relaxing without homework and dealing with the whining that often grates upon me in the wee hours of a school day morning.  Summer School though, is a whole different ball game.  Scout pops out of bed with no complaints and is ready to start the day.

Of course Summer School is much different that regular school.  There is no homework, for one.  That’s probably the big one.  But Scout’s day revolves around doing fun projects and really just playing with other boys. (in the three years he’s been doing this program there has yet to be a girl in his class!)  They are taught different ways about dealing appropriately with things that can be hard and learning how to get along socially.  Last week they went on a bowling outing.  I remember last year they went to a malt shop and got to practice ordering and just typical restaurant etiquette.

I am so thankful for this program–it even includes transportation on the bus, to and from.  All free to us. (well, our tax money put to good use.)  Because Scout has an IEP he automatically qualifies for it.  If your child has an IEP and you are not aware of this program, you should definitely look into it. Honestly I don’t know if Scout really takes in a lot of the ‘lessons’ that are taught but hopefully some of it just sneaks on into his brain.  I’m just happy he’s out of the house and doing something socially that he enjoys.  It’s a beautiful thing.

The other morning we were waiting for the bus and Scout was giving me lots of hugs and kisses, which thankfully is the norm around here.  As he pulled up Jerry the bus driver says, “He’s a keeper, isn’t he, Mom?” Indeed he is.