Great Accomplishment Worth Sharing!

Boston, Massachusetts
January 7, 2010 4:51am CST
Hi Mylot friends, I am just so happy and proud to share with you my son's great accomplishment today. I received this note from my son's teacher: [b]CONGRATULATIONS! Your child, Angelo Miguel has qualified to join the 2nd Elimination Level of the Spelling Bee. This will be on January 14, 2010. Kindly help him prepare for the contest.[/b] My son has autism and he is in his first year of the mainstream program. The school was so great for giving my son chance to be in the regular school. The support that they make for him to develop himself and bring out the best in him is something to be grateful with. We've been very supportive of him and provide all that he needs to do good in school and he is. Today is their 1st elimination level and he made it! It's a great accomplishment for my son!
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
hello msfrancisco! yeah, this really is something worth sharing! and what can i say? but congratulations to your son! and most specially to you! you really did a good job with him and kids with such condition really needs parents who are supportive and of course people around who will be supportive as well... know what ma'am? i always believe that they are actually a gift from God a a real blessing in the family... i have some friends who also have kids with that condition...and i am also happy how they support their kids and i really see that their kids is a big big blessing in their family... again, congrats and i wish for the continuous success of your kid and thumbs up to you msfrancisco!
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• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Jan 10
Hi Ckyera, Thanks friend. You made me cry for your comments. I am so touched. People like you guys are we need. You have the heart for kids like ours and i am happy and grateful to all of you. Thanks to mylot too that i am given the chance to share happy stories about my special kids accomplishments and even our struggles being their parents. Hugs!
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
hello msfrancisco... oh i'm sorry that i made you cry...but i am just telling the trith and how i feel about it...i actually salutes parents like you. i am not a parent yet but i know how difficult it is to raise children...and what more with kids who have special condition... i have read some of your comments here and your story reminds me of this one movie that i watched, about a twin having autism...and this movie really inspires me and makes me admire their mom who do lots of sacrifices and she really fights for her children to have fair treatment in the society and support them...and in the end, all her sacrifices and patience pays off...coz her twins really becomes successful and an inspiration to others... its title is 'miracle run' are you familiar with it? you can check the story here... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419967/plotsummary
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• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jan 10
it's okay no need to worry. it was a happy tear. i watched some movies about autism--like the "mercury rising" and the "rainman". thanks for having that passion for special kids even if you're not a parent yet still you are empowered enough to say those things in support to autism. again thanks!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
7 Jan 10
Oh! he is a sweet heart. Hugs to him. All my wishes and good luck for him for the 2nd level. I am sure he will do great. I would also like to congratulate you and your husband who have been so supportive. Family is very important and you are lucky to have him as your child and so is he. I think, this is a greatest moment in your life. i am sure he will have many more feathers on his cap. With such a beautiful mother like you he's already a winner. Lots of love.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jan 10
Hi Mimpi, angelo says thank you for the hugs and wishes. we are in process of reviewing him so that he will make it on the second elimination round. i believe in his capacity. i know he can make it to the second level until the championship round. actually, i received another note as i arrived home--a note from the teacher saying that angelo is in the top 6 of his class. great right? i am teary eyed while reading the note.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
7 Jan 10
Congratulations! I think your son's accomplishment is indicative of all the support he gets at home too. It just shows that even though some are challenged, the human spirit always triumph given all the love and support needed. May your son do even better on the next elimination level!
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jan 10
yes bounce we are trying our best to provide the best one for our sons. god is so good for providing us the means to win over this great journey with our two special kids. i know they will be successful in the future. i am sure of that. thanks for believing in my capacity to make things work for them and for our family.
@vandana7 (67721)
• India
7 Jan 10
Hi msfrancisco, that is a great news! Congratulations to you and your son! I am sure he will succeed. :) You have every reason to be proud of that boy. :) Thanks for sharing this with us. :)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Jan 10
Hi Vandana, Thank you friend. Until now even if i am so touched with all your responses here (that made me cry...) is a smile behind it. i will never stop believing in my son's capability to become successful someday...he's starting it now right?! i am grateful that i have friends whom i can inspire with my story and appreciate it too!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
7 Jan 10
That's so great. I wish him all the best and you too. Enjoy the event
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• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Jan 10
Hi Missybear, Thanks for the wishes. I will sure be there to guide him and be there for him all the time. i may not be a full-time mom since i am working to help my hubby earn extra income, i always maximize the opportunities to have a quality bonding with him especially after work and during the weekends!
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
wowo two thumbs up for your son ms.francisco. you have all the right to be proud. clap clap clap. and even he has autism in does not stop him and you his parents to achieve this. hats down to you and to the teachers as well. just one question when did you detect that your son has autism? i have a friend with a son who is four years old but does not speak yet... is that autism?
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• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Jan 10
Hi 7thbird, Salamat...Mabalos po! Yes, my son's big development is a TEAM effort! i salute his teachers for a job well-done. we detected this when he was only tow years old and was confirmed when he reached 4. his case is the same with his kuya. I only have two sons and both of them have autism. It's mild but needs appropriate interventions. Good that we did an early one and i hope the eldest will also reach the mainstream program. He's already 13 and Angelo is 9 years old.
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
Hello there, Congratulations on his accomplishment. i don't think i consider it as a disabled but it's actually different abled person. am sure he will be prepared and hope he would win the championship. it's no joke being in a contest, am sure it will serve as a great challange but will help your son raise his confidence.
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Jan 10
Hi Letran, Thank you. You are right-- if given the proper intervention, they can excel academically and even hone the skills and talent that they have. he's really good in spelling and even his writing is great. he's only in grade--for the mainstream program with the regular students and he's really doing well. his teacher is so amazed of his determination to cope and learn. Thanks to Teacher Carmela and the rest of the team.
@mommaj (22891)
• United States
24 Jan 10
Hi dear! I don't think I saw this discussion. Hug your son for all of us and tell him congrats! How did he do on the 14th? IT's just so incredible he got that far and he is an inspiration. Let him know we are proud and he is an inspiration. Congrats to you on all of your hard work mothering him.
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Jan 10
Hi Mommaj, Thanks for that sweet hug for Angelo friend. There were two more follow up discussions on this topic. He made it with only two mistakes. out of 30 items he got 28 correct words. his teacher was so proud and happy of him. and of course we are so proud of him too. He's is really making it good in school. there's a big leap when he was mainstreamed. Thanks for the affirmation --for my hardwork as mom.
@mommaj (22891)
• United States
26 Jan 10
That's so wonderful! Congratulations to you and him. I bet he is proud. If he isn't he definitely should be! See you in MYLOT.
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Feb 10
Thanks Aunt Mommaj per Angelo. He loves reading my posts about him and his brother here. Yes, we will always bump each other here. thanks friend!
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
8 Jan 10
I am so proud of your son. It is a wonderfull accomplishment and you know what, that is not the end yet. He will do great in anything he puts his mind to, because he has such a loving mother. Believe me, you have all the right in the world to be very proud of him. Please let us know how he did in the next spelling bee. I am anxious to hear how good he did on that one, he is even going to do better then. Lots of luck and tell him that all of us are definately supporting him on this great adventure.
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jan 10
Hi Saphrina, thanks for sharing with us the joy as we celebrate angelo's success in his first spelling bee elimination round. i will surely make a follow discussion on this to update you about my son's progress. i will be here to help him review and practice for the said contest. i am confident that he will make it again the seond time around.
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
8 Jan 10
I really wish that more parents can give such undevided attention to their children as well. With your love and devotion that wonderfull son of youre, is really going to get far in life. Good luck and God blss.
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jan 10
he's even inspiring his eldest brother to speak and interact some more. my eldest has autism too and still in the special education program. my youongest angelo loves his big brother so much to the point of assisting him and even translating what he's saying. so lovely.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jan 10
That's so wonderful, thanks for sharing such a positive story. With all the naff things going on in this household (frozen pipes and the like) it's good to hear about something positive - and even better that it's one of YOUR sons. Hoorah!
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jan 10
Hi Janey, I am happy to know that this sharing of mine brightens your challenging day. i hope things are going well now. thanks for appreciating my son's accomplishment. you made me even happy knowing that this story cheers you up!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
8 Jan 10
This is a community of like-minded people (on the whole) who like to cheer other people up. You happen to be very good at it.
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jan 10
thanks for the compliment janey. i'm glad that i do and thanks for giving me the chance to cheer you up. yes, we are here to provide support to each other. we too are here to make other feel good about themselves as we continuously affirm each other a thing that is usually overlooked to do.
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Hi msf, This is great news! Congratulations to Angelo for doing well in school. Angelo is such a darling who is smart and witty, and sweet. I'm with you in praying that he makes it to the next round. And Congratulations to you, for doing such a good job as a mother to Angelo. This calls for a celebration!
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Jan 10
Hi Doryvien, Why no...let's set the date for a celebration. there's another one coming. he's also qualified for the second round--math quiz bee!
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Jan 10
why not i mean... he made it mama for the second elimination round for spelling bee! whewwwwww i am in cloud nine mama! how are you? hope you're fine now!
• United States
7 Feb 10
That is great that he made it to this friend. I know having problems and accomplishing things really brightens ones day. For me keep your head up and know you love him no matter what anyone says. Take care and happy mylotting to you.
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Feb 10
Hi Mom, Yes friend. i always make them feel loved... me and my husband shower them our love. we always think of things that will make them happy and develop the best in them. i know we are on the right track with the help of the teachers--as team.. as partners...we can make it! thanks friend.
@ramsey05 (50)
• United States
24 Jan 10
Congratulations for your sons big accomplishment! It is such a big deal and makes me so happy when one of our sweet kiddos accomplish something! Having a son with autism myself, I know how hard it can be at times, but how overly rewarding it is when they accomplish something. YAYE!
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Jan 10
Hi Ramsey, I am happy to inform you that he made it to the final round. Last week was the final round of the spelling bee and i made a new discussion on this. My son made it to the second place. he got 28 points out of 30 items. i am so proud of him for this great accomplishment that he has academically. Thanks Ramsey!
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Congrats! what great news - he must be chuffed as well. Today is the day of the spelling bee so all the best to dear little Angelo! keep us updated on how he does! just participating must be a great experience in itself. I love watching kids compete on spelling bees. they get a lil stressed but it's also great to see the parental support whilst they are there!
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Jan 10
hi squaretile, thanks for dropping by...yes, i just came from school. today is also their third quarter recognition day. angelo and his eldest brother who has autism too received awards. i am in cloud nine right now. while i am doing mylot, my son angelo is having his second elimination round of spelling bee. i just wish he will still make it until the championship round! thanks friend!
@Sreekala (23716)
• India
11 Jan 10
Hi msf, Thank you very much for sharing the great news and I know the credit goes to you and his father. I can simply guess how much hard work you are doing for you son. I read about autism and the kids really need special care and attention from parents. If so, they can do really well like normal kids. I congratulate you to achieve the great success and I am conveying my heartfelt wishes to your son and praying for him to achieve more in future. God bless you and your family.
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Jan 10
Hi Sreekala, THank you friend. Me and my husband are partners in supporting our kids needs particularly their education. their both very responsive in the intervention and we are happy with the kind of determination they are showing us (i have two special kids, Angelo is the youngest and Giancarlo is the eldest). we are special parents too that's why we have all the strengths and blessings to be there for them. thanks for empathizing with us! i appreciate is friend!
@shibham (17025)
• India
10 Jan 10
Its great and all the best for his good result. Wait for 14. Lol
• Boston, Massachusetts
10 Jan 10
we are in the process of reviewing him with different words. i am praying for his victory on the 14th but if not it will not make my admiration and love for him less. my son is great no matter what.
@audrey7 (233)
• Jamaica
9 Jan 10
I am very happy for you and your son.I Praise God for this great breakthrough. Continue to be there for him and please note that he is capable to achieve as much as others. Just be there for him. Please caution him that if he does not make it to the top you still love him and will always care for him. In other words you are reaasuring him that he matters regadless of his shortcoming. God bless you and yours.
• Boston, Massachusetts
10 Jan 10
Hi Audrey, Thanks for sharing this inspiring words for me and my son. i promise myself that i will be there no matter what. he will always be more important than anything else. he and his brother are the most important gifts i received from god. and i am so thankful to him for giving me precious gifts...special gift like angelo and his brother giancarlo. my husband feels the same we know our priority--our kids, our family! you deserve a BR for this friend!
• Canada
9 Jan 10
Congradulatoins to both of you! I took care of a young relative who had autism which has now been rediagnosed as asburgers as he has become an adult. The spelling bee on it's own for his age group is a great accomplishment. Cheers!
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jan 10
Hi Lynkshadow, I think friend it's aspergers disease. it's within the autism spectrum. i admire for having the heart and patience to proivde care and support to your relative who has autism. you will surely be blessed with the kind deeds you are doing. yes, we considered it as one of the greatest things that happened in his first year in the mainstream program. he was able to compete with his other classmates in the regular class. i feel so great about his development in school. thanks friend. i appreciate you as a person. continue touching other's life for the concern you have for our special children.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
8 Jan 10
This is so wonderful! I am so happy for you. Both you and MommaJ have had good moments with your sons this week!
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jan 10
Hi Chanel, Yes, we are really having a great time with our kids. how i wish i can sustain this energy and momentum. my son is so determined to make it to the champsionship round. i will be here for him in reaching his goal. we just had a review session before i work here in mylot.
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
8 Jan 10
That is wonderful. Reguardless of the obstacles a child has to overcome, it is always great to here good news...when the child has more difficulty in learning, as your son certainly does, receiving good news like this is even more special!!! That said, you should be proud of not only your son, but yourself as well!!!
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jan 10
Hi Lyn, In all his battles over schooling-- we are always on his side. he's so happy seeing us in all his school activities. one time he even introduced us to his classmates. we're amazed even his teachers. he did the right way of introducing us. i know with the kind of effort my son is exerting as it relates to his studies i know he can make it to the mainstream program.