Max on Parenting Special Needs

Over a year ago, I wrote this post about Max and how much he loves sensory input. The beach is absolutely his favorite place because of all the sensory input he gets from the wind, the waves, the water, and the sand.

Two weeks ago, Parenting Special Needs online magazine came across my web site and fell in love with my pictures of Max.

We are so proud and honored to have Max on the cover of their 2010 March/April Issues - their Autism issue!

In return, my ad is posted on their site for 2 months. They also requested the text from my God is in the details post to put in their "Proud Moments" section.

My huband, Todd, the writer in the family, rewrote the post so eloquently, renaming it "The Max Effect":

How do you enjoy an afternoon at the beach? Max loves to dive into the sand. He loves to put his face down into the sand in order to intimately feel it, to taste it, and to see the detail of every grain. Max is all about "Full Effect".

How do you enjoy a day at the park? Max has once been known to ignore the standard playground equipment and instead make a mad dash for the adjoining pond. Ignoring the mid-winter temperatures, he proceeded to tread into the shallow end, so proud to have thoroughly experienced the chilly water. Max is all about "Full Effect".

How does having an autistic child change your life? Immeasurable joy and heart-wrenching pain. Unquestioning faith and questioning doubt. The peace of God and the wild rumpus of Max. They both often surpass all understanding, but it's all about "Full Effect", or should I say "Max Effect".

Psalm 27:13-14

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.


  1. That's awesome. I love those photos too! I wish we lived closer. Every time I see photos of your kids I just want to eat them up!

  2. Sarah, this is absolutely a beautiful article and pictures! Max is a beautiful child! This article will bless many I'm sure!

    I love your work and continue to pass it on to friends! Blessings on your family!

  3. Crying! I am crying.....because its true, its all true! Sometimes it seems like Max really sees the world, and I just watch him and wish, "Man, I wish I could see things through his eyes, and feel things through his hands!" Some say DIS-abilty.....I say pretty unique Ability, the ability to get the 'full effect' of everything in life, and inspire those around him to just stop, and wish we could see God's grace through his eyes! I'm his therapist, but sometimes.....he teaches me!