The Norman Transcript


April 20, 2014

Couple with autistic children lead Thorn Bush Autism group



“The theme of the story is that because she has the right attitude about this thorn bush, it becomes what it really is, which is a rose bush. That’s how we feel about it. She doesn’t know why there’s this thorn bush growing out of her chair. She never knows the reason why, but she feels like, ‘Well, it’s here. I might as well take care of it.’ Through that attitude it becomes this beautiful thing.

“That’s how we feel. This thing has been put in your life. It can be very difficult and it can be very painful, but if you look only for the thorns, you’ll only see the thorns. If you look for the roses, they are there, too. It doesn’t mean that your life is going to be this big tragedy,” Leah said. Like any parents, Leah said, they are just trying to help their children become who they are supposed to be.

“When your child gets diagnosed, you don’t have to go, ‘Well, that’s it. It’s over. I thought my life was going down this one path and now it’s all ruined. You have the same goal. You’re goal is for your child to be everything God meant him to be. It’s just the way you get there is going to be really different,” Leah said.

“We try to keep in mind that nobody knows the future for their child. That’s what scares us: what is the future going to hold for our child? But even if your child is ‘normal,’ there is no guarantee that they are going to go on and ride off into the sunset. There are still a million things out there that can go wrong. It’s not so different,” Leah said.

For more information on Thorn Bush Project, call 642-6769.

Shana Adkisson



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