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My now 17 year old son was diagnosed with autism...
Created By: Gina Pepchinski

My now 17 year old son was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. Needless to say my life at that time became totally absorbed by his needs. By the time he turned 8 years old, life seemed to get a little bit easier. He had made some progress and his behaviors were more understandable and manageable. My life before this had always included crafts and volunteerism though not usually the two together. I realized that I missed those two activities tremendously, but how could I do something and still see to my son's exceptional needs. My favorite crafts before included sewing and counted cross stitch which both involve the use of pins and needles. I knew that it would be too dangerous to have those items in my sons's environment. My local newspaper has a weekly list of area volunteer opportunities and among the listings was Project Linus seeking knitted or crocheted blankets. I was taught to crochet by my grandmother when I was young and figured I could give it a try again. My son wasn't going to come to much harm from a ball of yarn and a plastic crochet hook. That first baby's blanket set me on a path that gives me enormous pleasure combining the opportunity to serve others and make items by hand.

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