Claudia_alexcookies (1)Claudia touched our hearts with this sweet story about baking with her son!

“My baking memory is actually somewhat recent but I will forever cherish it.  I have a son who will be 11 yrs old next month. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. Before being diagnosed, I always wondered why certain noises were too much for him to handle. Noises like the vacuum cleaner, the lawnmower, babies crying, a hand mixer, blender and other loud noises. He also can’t stand to have his hands “dirty”. If he feels that they are dirty from touching anything, he will wash them. Of course it is due to his autism. Whenever I  cooked or baked and had to use an appliance, I’d let him know so that he would go to his room and close the door. Well, not so long ago he wasn’t closing his door anymore when I would use the blender or mixer. I asked him one day if he wanted to bake some cookies. He said yes. This involved noise from the hand mixer and touching dough to form the cookies. I really couldn’t believe that he was ok with that. He of course felt the need to wash his hands when he saw that he had flour in them and that’s ok. He’s improved so  much. This is the second time that we make cookies and I know that we will be baking more in the near future. I am one proud momma and this is my best memory!”