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Boy With Autism Zips His Coat by Himself For the First Time

Boy With Autism Is Ecstatic as He Zipped His Coat Solo For the First Time

You know how we say autism families don't take things for granted? This is what we mean. E is 6.5. Fine motor skills are so very far behind. He can't write yet or draw a square. And honestly those things don't concern me as much as the self-care fine motor issues. Opening packages, dressing, feeding himself with a utensil. People have no idea how hard our kids have to work to be able to accomplish these tasks consistently. There are so many therapies that can help, but so many do not have access to those therapies. He has been doing this program for about a month and is now zipping independently, but I want you to be mindful of how much effort it still takes. When we give our kids the opportunity they can work hard and reach a higher potential. The policy makers, school districts and insurance companies that refuse to invest in these therapies now are keeping these amazing individuals from becoming the most independent version of themselves. It is so exciting to see him meet these milestones, even if they're met on a different timeline than that of his peers.

Posted by From Motherhood by Mandy Farmer on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"You know how we say autism families don't take things for granted?" starts Mandy Farmer's caption on a video posted to her blog's Facebook page, From Motherhood. "This is what we mean."

In the video, 6-and-a-half-year-old E is seen sporting a bright blue coat and says, "This is the zipper monster and this is the baby monster — he's going to eat him." After the adorable introduction, E begins working with the two ends of his coat, struggling to get the pieces to fit together so he can zip it up.

Mandy's explanation of how hard E has worked to get to this point, and how hard he still has to work to perform basic tasks most of us take for granted, continues.

Fine motor skills are so very far behind. He can't write yet or draw a square. And honestly those things don't concern me as much as the self-care fine motor issues. Opening packages, dressing, feeding himself with a utensil. People have no idea how hard our kids have to work to be able to accomplish these tasks consistently. There are so many therapies that can help, but so many do not have access to those therapies.

He has been doing this program for about a month and is now zipping independently, but I want you to be mindful of how much effort it still takes. When we give our kids the opportunity they can work hard and reach a higher potential. The policy makers, school districts and insurance companies that refuse to invest in these therapies now are keeping these amazing individuals from becoming the most independent version of themselves.

Although he makes many failed attempts at zipping up, eventually he gets it, and his reaction — as well as Mandy's behind the camera — is full of nothing but pure joy. Mandy added, "It is so exciting to see him meet these milestones, even if they're met on a different timeline than that of his peers."

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