Most of you know by now that Aaron has Asperger's. One of the things that he loves to do is to draw. He has poor muscle tone, among many other issues, and writing is very difficult for him. It's hard for him to form the letters, but drawing is different. He isn't forcing is muscles to do specific structure, he is free to form the pictures to his ability, all while building and strengthening muscles for writing. It's delicate balance that we continually strive to improve. He wants to be an illustrator of books or comics when he grows up, or something along those lines, so we try to encourage his artistic creativity as much as possible.
When I heard that THQ and uDraw were having a contest where kids could use their artistic inspiration to draw about what their individual cities, towns, or communities meant to them, I knew this was ideal for Aaron. The contest is still open through Oct 31, and the grand prize winner will get a package worth over $15,000! It's for a uDraw and $10,0000 cash they can choose to apply towards a college scholarship. Also, THQ will donate an additional $10,000 to the winner's school to help support its art program. I KNOW that Ms. George at my kids local school would be THRILLED to get this!
We technically live within the city limits of our large metro city, but have a smaller suburb listed as our address and zip, while our school district is associated with a third smaller suburb. When we think of community, we think of the town associated with our school district because that's who we associate with the most. It is a smaller community and we see the same people most everywhere we go from the grocery store, to the soccer fields, to community events. Having three boys stair stepped, everyone knows who they are, and if one isn't with the group, people always want to know where the missing one is at. It's also really nice because most people are aware of and sensitive to Aaron's special issues. They understand that sometimes he gets overwhelmed and needs some space to decompress, and they don't take it personally. It also helps him because he isn't around a bunch of strangers he isn't familiar with, so he feels more comfortable, and has less "episodes".
I wanted to share his creation with you, but he is a private person and asked that I not do that. He's almost 10, so privacy is becoming a big thing to him, and I want to respect that. However, he did say I could describe it to you. I was expecting him to draw buildings and landmarks that we have in our area, and he did include a few as background, but primarily he focused on the PEOPLE that we interact with most often. He isn't really a "people" person, so that really surprised me. He drew his pediatrician and office staff (who mean the WORLD to us), his former preschool teacher (the one we loved BEFORE the kindergarten incident with another teacher), our neighbor who bakes him special treats, the librarian and his story-time friends, and our special friends that used to babysit him when he was little. It really warms my heart to know that when HE thinks of community and what it means to him, it's the people that come to mind first, before the landmarks and buildings.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of THQ and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”