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Just wanted to say hi and let you know a little about myself.  I'm around 50 and going back to college at the moment for teaching special Ed elementary School. ( I make puppets to sell to help pay for my college,  therefore my user name. ) Christmas is my favorite season.  I love Christmas tunes all year long.  Heh I love all the lights and glitter and glitz. I used to decorate outside,  but since my kids were born,  I decorate inside mostly now.

I have three kids with autism and have a passion for B comedy horror films. My oldest son is in 7th grade and my twins are in 4th.  My daughter is in gymnastics.

Just wanted to say hi.  Nothing is lonelier than being in a group and knowing no one.  Heh

Bryce

 

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Welcome, my names Tony. I live in central Florida, mid 30’s, I have a son with autism who will be 6 in November.
Our display is a big giant mix up of everything, we have AC controlled lights and pixels, incandescents and LED’s. We make lots of home made plywood props, my newest project this year is a huge wheel chair powered yard train.


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10 hours ago, 1983ss454 said:

Hi Tony! Great to meet ya! Is your 6 year old able to attend public school or does he go to one that helps him with his condition?

Your train sounds awesome! Are you going to post a tutorial?

I'm limited what I can do here with ice and snow outside during Dec.  Cut outs for me if I get the money.  If not,  another year or two inside until I have a teaching job.  Heh

 

Hi Big J! Thanks for the welcome!

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welcome wagon!! so happy to have a new member one here hope u enjoy your time on here 

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Hi Big J! Thanks for the welcome!


Yes, my son goes to a private school right now on a scholarship they offer kids with IEP’s here in Florida. From he day he turned 3 to this year he was in a special needs preschool class. He was transitioned this year for kindergarten and started 2 weeks ago. It’s been an adjustment but he seems to love going everyday.
No, I’m so busy with trying to get my display done for this year I really Couldn’t put a tutorial together. I’m really lucky with the size of my front yard. It’s 70-80 feet from the road to my house. Our train is so large it has to have a 60 foot turn radius which makes it so it wouldn’t fit in a lot of yards.


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Here’s the engine, there’s a caboose too


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i have a five year old with autism that is starting kindergarten tommorrow... hopefully it all goes well.... just got him to bed.... mister playful_puppet do you make puppets to sell

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i have a five year old with autism that is starting kindergarten tommorrow... hopefully it all goes well.... just got him to bed.... mister playful_puppet do you make puppets to sell


I wish him good luck, our son has responded well and seems to love his teacher


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1983,  that's great! My twins with autism are able to go to public school so far with minimal problems.

My older son with autism is now entering 8th grade at a school that deals with special needs.  His emotional melt downs didn't manifest until 2nd grade. Then it was emotionally exhausting to "deal" with the school system. The public school kept suspending him so they wouldn't have to deal with him. Ugh.


Otis,  glad to hear everything is going well! Hopefully this keeps up! ?

 

 

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