As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

#DayOutWithThomas

Today we spent a Day Out With Thomas!

Thank you Random Acts of Kindness - Squamish Edition for generously giving my family tickets to a Day out with Thomas courtesy of West Coast Railway Heritage Park!

I brought my brother, my sister-in-law, and their two boys (my nephews, Bryce’s cousins) along for the day!

There was tons of different things to do at the event. From magicians, to musicians, tons of Mega Bloks to play with, Thomas & Friends related games preset on iPads, a bouncy castle, even a meet and greet with Sir Topham Hatt. Everything you could think of for the little conductor in your life!

Then it was time for the main event: Getting to ride Thomas!

We had a great time and I would highly recommend going to this event!

There is something about children with autism and their connection with Thomas the Tank Engine.

In 2007, the National Autistic Society (NAS) conducted a survey of 748 parents of children with autism to investigate their strong and positive relationship between children with autism and Thomas & Friends.

Many parents felt that Thomas & Friends played a significant part in their child’s early learning and development – in particular numbers, colours and language. Some children in the study have been able to learn basic facial expressions and emotions from Thomas & Friends. Parents have been able to use Thomas & Friends’ ‘language’ to communicate with their child where ordinary language has failed.
- Making connections: A report on the special relationship between children with autism and Thomas & Friends (executive summary) (PDF)

For me, it’s a different kind of connection.

My dad worked for B.C. Rail for over 30 years before he passed away. So trains have always been a part of my life in some way or another and I try to share that memory with my son, who didn’t have much time with his grandpa before his passing.

This event meant a lot to me and I really appreciate Random Acts of Kindness – Squamish Edition for thinking of us.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

For more information or to see if Thomas is coming to your town please visit: Day Out With Thomas

For more pictures of our Day Out With Thomas please visit our Facebook page.

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely day! Everyone looks so happy! :-)

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