Nathan Skjaveland: Sept 28, 1985 ~ June 20, 2003

Nathan Skjaveland: September 28, 1985 to June 20, 2003 by Colleen Skjaveland

GIFT of GOD     The early months of 1985 were exciting!  I was feeling some belly discomfort and tried to ignore it, but eventually went to see my doctor.  Karl and I had been married for six months, had just purchased our first little home, and weren’t planning our family to start just yet. You can imagine my surprise when the doctor told me I was pregnant. You can also imagine Karl’s surprise when I suggested he take his “family” out for dinner!!! read more…

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Life Is Tough; We Need Each Other ~ 2 of 3

He Truly Is for Us ~ Life Is Tough; We Need Each Other by Eileen Million

“O LORD, you have searched me and known me!  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.”  (Psalm 139:1-6 ~ ESV) As Christians most of us would emphatically declare that all human life is sacred and born from our God and Creator.  Most of us have at least seen from afar human beings with various degrees of impediments to their bodies and/or minds.  Are the lives of these people as valuable as your life?  How do we judge the value of human life? Continue Reading…

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Our Best Resource ~ 3 of 3

He Truly Is for Us ~ Our Best Resource by Eileen Million

“At that time Jesus declared, I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, Continue Reading…

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Asperger Syndrome ~ 1 of 7

A Life Long Adventure

Asperger Syndrome: A Pervasive Developmental Disorder by Cathy Zimmerman

Definition:  Asperger Syndrome (AS) is under the large umbrella of Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and sometimes specifically under the term Autism Spectrum Disorders.  It is named after a Viennese pediatrician, Dr. Hans Asperger.  He wrote a paper describing the disorder, which was published in 1944, but which was not translated into English until 1991.  AS is a neurological disorder characterized by impairments or deficiencies in social interaction, communication and imagination.   Continue Reading…

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Where Do I Start ~ 2 of 7

A Life Long Adventure ~ Where Do I Start by Cathy Zimmerman

First and always, pray for God to guide you and give you wisdom.  The diagnosis is just a turn in a new direction in an adventure you may not have known you were already on.  Trusting God to guide and guard your steps, your heart, your mind and emotions is the only way to go.

Consult your pediatrician and get his/her advice.  Find a local autism or Asperger resource center. Continue Reading…

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Hindsight Being 20/20 ~ 3 of 7

A Life Long Adventure ~ Hindsight Being 20/20 by Cathy Zimmerman

Once we had the Asperger Syndrome diagnosis and started reading up on it, we realized that symptoms had started showing up even before our son was one year old.  He was mesmerized by anything that would spin – ceiling fans, stacking cups, spinning tops, etc.  He became supersensitive to food textures, and many foods that he enjoyed pureed, he wouldn’t eat in a chunkier form, without gagging and Continue Reading…

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Chosen ~ 4 of 7

A Life Long Adventure ~ Chosen by Cathy Zimmerman

“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace …” (Ephesians 1:4-5 ~ NIV) Continue Reading…

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How Does Our Family Respond? ~ 5 of 7

A Life Long Adventure ~ How Does Our Family Respond by Cathy Zimmerman

Before we informed our family of the diagnosis, we made sure we had at least a little grasp of what Asperger Syndrome is and what the future could possibly hold for our son.  I can’t say that we have solid support from all members of our family, or that they really understand what our son has and how it affects us and our life as a family, but we know we aren’t alone. Continue Reading…

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Just Some Thoughts ~ 6 of 7

A Life Long Adventure ~ Just Some Thoughts by Cathy Zimmerman

Having a child with disabilities isn’t easy, especially when the disability isn’t obvious.  One friend speaking to a group of moms said, “If you see a mom with a special needs child, don’t feel sorry for her, but pray for her.”  Absolutely!  With AS, it’s a little more difficult, because the disability is not so obvious. Continue Reading…

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Where Does My Help Come From? ~ 7 of 7

A Life Long Adventure

Where Does My Help Come From? by Cathy Zimmerman

God faithfully answered prayers for help.  He is my first resource!  The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teachers at our local school were helpful.  Our son was able to receive occupational therapy, speech therapy and specialized instruction in a preschool class setting.  (We weren’t particularly happy with the results, so we have been home schooling him since kindergarten.) The ECSE teachers were very helpful in providing resources for us. Continue Reading…

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