TWAP021: All Autism Wedding Couple Anita Lesko and Abraham Nielson
Spreading A Message Of Love, Awareness, and Hope
All autistic wedding spreads love, awareness, and hope:
Today, I’m excited to bring you a story of two people just like you.
I’m with Anita Lesko and Abraham Nielson. Dr. Stephen Shore, who officiated their wedding, calls them the First Couple of Autism.
Anita was diagnosed with Aspergers in her 50s. Upon being diagnosed, she immediately started a support group for families with autism. She’s a Certified
Registered Nurse Anesthetist, maintaining a successful career in a stress and interaction filled environment.
Abraham Talmage Nielson works as an AutoCAD-3D draftsman at Butler & Associates Surveying & Mapping. He’s also studying cyber security.
Neither Anita nor Abraham ever had any “early childhood intervention.”
They want to spread a message that goes beyond their own relationship and wedding, a message of hope and opportunity for autistics worldwide.
What You’ll Learn:
How they met
How their relationship developed
How they got engaged
Adam and Anita share the strong points of their relationship
They discuss their physical relationship and whether sensory sensitivities have posed any problems – their answer may surprise you
How they have grown as individuals as a result of their relationship
Advice to parents of autistic children
get kids out and doing things in the world, and interacting
counterbalance their natural strengths with areas of difficulty – communication
“You have to make mistakes and build on your weakness to build strength"
Don’t let your kid stay home on the computer morning, noon, and night
Instead of dragging your kids to too many psychologists, just get out in the world and do things. Go to the museum, find different clubs, see what strikes your kids’ interests.
Once you find your kid’s interests, capitalize and expand upon that interest
Get kids into some kind of sport/s, and into air, nature, and sunshine
Don’t overly focus on autism – focus on building extracurricular activities
Advice for autistics who are wanting a life partner:
Focus first on friendships – people you can feel comfortable with and communicate with, b/c if you don’t have that, you won’t
Relax – focus on friendship, rather than on trying to force immediate romance.
Their goal of changing the world’s view of autism, and how they plan to accomplish that goal.
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