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Completely Taken Aback :P

Here recently, I exchanged emails back and forth with Wow.com and Massively.com
writer, Lisa Poisso. She interviewed me at length about Thomas and the article she
wrote
appeared on wow.com today.

First off, I have to say she did a wonderful job with the article. I was really nervous
about how it’d turn out, and how people would respond to it. But she did an excellent
job with that article, and the greater majority of folks responding to the article were
kind, thoughtful and even supportive.

I really wasn’t looking forward to the flamers that’d pop their heads in. Of course,
there were a couple but their bile didn’t really bother me. I showed Thomas the article
and he got the biggest grin on his face.

I just wanted to give everyone who’s visiting ‘Running With Merve’ a quick heads up.
Lots of comments and guestbook entries coming in – a little bit faster than I can keep
up with. Me and Thomas are going to sit back and read through them tonight and
comment then. :D

Thanks again, guys, for making this such a positive experience for us!

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  1. Remyk
    April 13th, 2010 at 22:36 | #1

    Thats how i found this site!

  2. Tina
    April 13th, 2010 at 23:38 | #2

    My husband, Lee, posted a little earlier :)

    We have two accounts & have dangled the WoW carrot for both our sons, although more with Trevor (20, Asperger's). Trevor is attending a local community college & he's allowed to use my account if he's finished his homework. If he goes online before his work is done, I change my password and he has to earn his way back up (through better grades).

    My younger boy, Connor, 11, is language-delayed autistic, and he just loves the eye-candy. His favorite place is Dalaran, and he loves to explore. He just uses my characters because he's not up for running quests at this point. He doesn't like to fight, and will often run away from the computer if he aggros anything (killing off whichever of my toons he's playing). He is rather adept at getting my level 1 bank character around (I had gotten rid of the hearthstone for pack space & it took me 8 deaths to get back to safety!).

    Anyway – thanks for your article & go Thomas!!

    • April 14th, 2010 at 14:16 | #3

      Thomas is really good about protecting my toons when I'm afk. I've come back many a time to find him controlling my toon, defending it against an errant mob.

      Thanks for sharing insight into your boys' lives. It's good to see other moms and other asperger kids doing well. It's nice to have others who can relate. :D

  3. Sara
    April 14th, 2010 at 01:05 | #4

    I read the article on WoW.com (and just had to come check out your blog afterwards!) and want to commend you for the work you are doing with your son. My little cousin is autistic so I can understand some of what you are going through. Best of luck to you and Thomas!

  4. Oteo
    April 14th, 2010 at 01:38 | #5

    I'm here from WoW.com as well. I have a 14 year old brother with PDD-NOS. Now I'm consdering funding a WoW account for him to see if he'd be willing to play with me, although his current obsession is trains.

    • April 14th, 2010 at 14:20 | #6

      Thomas used to be really obsessed with trains when he was little. Though he still loves them, his current major obsession is construction machines. Any movies or books with construction-related themes can keep him quite enthralled.

      That's cool that you're considering funding a wow account for your brother. It's been a real boon for us; hope it is for your brother as well! :P

  5. Dean
    April 14th, 2010 at 02:14 | #7

    Hello

    I'm currently doing a Master's degree in psychology, so when I read the article on WoW.com, I was facinated. This is a really great idea, as WoW involves so many practical skills, which can engage youngsters at a variety of levels. From learning to read quest text to figure out what to do next, progressing up to typing and communicating with other people sets a real nice learning curve for young gamers. This can be seen too for math skills. From figuring out what piece of gear is better, (choose the stats your char uses) all the way up to theorycrafting (which is still beyond me, some of the time!) This is just really a fantastic and innovative way to teach and help your child learn. Keep up the good work, and I wish you and your son all the best.

    P.S. Pay no mind to the flamers. Mental health in general, and particularly complex conditons like the autism spectrum are frequently misunderstood, so forgive those who are less than knowledgeable, and hopefully they can learn a thing or two from your blog!

  6. April 14th, 2010 at 15:28 | #9

    I read your interview on WoW.com, and found your site to be really interesting. It's fascinating how much a game can help kids – usually the press only portraits the "dark side" so it is refreshing to read such a wonderful story!

    I wish the two of you a bright future and will follow your blog closely. ;)

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