The Midnight Hour

I miss sleep.   Melatonin will be your best friend.   I understand that not all children with autism are the same. But I also have been around the block enough to know that one of the main aspects of autism is sleep disturbances.…

The Forbidden Fruit

What happens when your children won’t eat?   I laugh when I hear parents talk about their children not liking fruit or vegetables. The old story of finishing your vegetables before you get any pudding. Our biggest fight, in our…

You Are It.

Have you ever watched those people who chain themselves to a tree, or glue their hands to the pavement when they believe in something? I used to laugh at those people. Now I am one of them (or I should say my wife is one of them and I am along…

Speaking For Those That Can’t – World Autism Awareness Day

I never wanted to be an advocate; to be fully transparent, I still am uncomfortable with the thought.    From the beginning of our journey with autism, our priority was always to protect our children. For me, that meant locking the…

Help is Not Coming

Have you ever watched an action movie where the good guys are pinned down, the leader looks around and then has a big motivational speech about fighting back because “help is not coming”? That is the feeling we face a lot of the time. You…

A Different Perspective on COP28 and why we chose to attend

For all those who believe COP28 was a waste of taxpayer dollars, you are having trouble seeing the forest through the trees. Let me start by saying I’m not a proponent of the green agenda and struggle, at times, with the buzzword of sustainability.…

Being Told to Start Over

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference” - Robert Frost   Imagine this scenario if it was not a choice, and the one less travelled is significantly harder to walk…

TEPAP 2024

It’s Like Drinking Out of a Firehose – The next level of agriculture education down in Texas.   I am not going to lie, my head hurts. Seven days of information overload may finally be catching up to this guy.    For…

2023 Year in Review – It was anything but dull.

Maybe it’s just me, but as I get older, I am finding that time is speeding up and each year passes at a much faster rate than the one prior. When I try to sit down and identify key pieces of inspirational information over the past twelve months,…

Navigating the Holidays

The first time Santa Claus knocked on our door Ashton grabbed Santa’s hand and showed him inside; so much for “stranger danger” at the Shout household. The next year the novelty had worn off and he shut the door in his face. Each year…

Fool Me Once

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.   You look a lot harder the second time. I actually feel bad for Trystan because from the moment he was born, we were looking. With every little movement I was questioning whether…

Day One

It will be one of the worst days of your life.    In all honesty I will remember “day one” for as long as I remember my own name.   It is funny how many vivid details you can recall about one of the worst things to…