Interview with Stephanie Lay – Talks openly about son with autism and self-injurious behaviour and her famous Maine-Tex Grilled Salsa

Bryce6What advice would you give to our readers who may have children who are possibly not coping or who are having daily challenges?

The advice I would give, and have given to many parents: never give up, challenge your child, don’t always listen to doctors (they learned autism in books; parents are learning this first hand). And finally don’t talk about your child’s autism or behaviors in front of them…they are listening even though you think they’re not. Also, schedule, schedule, schedule!!! It took me a while to figure out that our lives were much easier when I start implementing his schedule.

Would you like to share anything else with our readers?

I’m not sure what the laws are in the UK, but in the State of Maine, medical marijuana is legal. Bryce became the first adolescent in New England to be put on medicinal marijuana for his severe SIB’s. He went from banging his head 25-30 times a day, to once every two-three weeks. It was a scary step, but it was the best choice I made for Bryce. He has been on this medication for two and a half years now.

I put  Bryce on the medicinal marijauna after he escalated to the highest level because I had a double mastectomy, along with MRSA and three other reconstructive surgeries due to wrestling with him.  After my surgery, was when he started putting his head completely through the wall. I just repaired hole #33.

Below you can watch a news report featuring Stephanie and Bryce on the use of medical marijuana.

It was with great excitement that Stephanie told us that on April 25, Bryce and herself went to meet the governor of Maine, Paul LePage. He offered them help in getting a commercial kitchen, which Stephanie told “is absolutely amazing!”

Below is a picture of Stephanie, Bryce and governor LePage holding a jar of Maine-Tex  salsa.

Governor LePage

We would like to thank Stephanie for taking the time to answer our questions. We would like to wish her and Bryce the very best for their future.

Stephanie’s SPECIAL Autism Foundation can be found here

The Maine-Tex Grilled Salsa Facebook page can be found here