Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 1 Fall 2014 - Page 52

MILESTONE snapshots I have been quilting for over 5 years, and until I started on this quilt, my 21-year-old daughter Melissa had never shown any interest in my work. But on this particular day, she started watching me sew the rows together. By the time I was half finished sewing the first two rows together, she was taking the pins out when I would stop sewing. When I started pinning on the third row, she started handing me the pins in true autistic fashion ... blue, yellow, purple, blue, yellow, purple. Once again she took out the pins and put them in the box as I sewed. When I reached the end, she already had the next row in her hands and placed it on top with the right sides of the fabric together as they needed to be and perfectly lined up the ends! She did this through all 16 rows! You can see how proud she was of “her” first quilt! I believe we have a long future of creating together! This is Sean. At age 8 he still struggles with letter and phonetic recognition. At the end of July, he successfully sounded out and read these words. Have a milestone picture you want to share? Send it to zoomautism@gmail.com with “Milestone” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include a caption! 52 Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses