The Autism Journey
Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley. Temple Grandin
THE AUTISM SPECTRUM JOURNEY
Autism has been in the news quite a bit over the last 15 or 20 years. Much discussion of cures, treatments, interventions, causes, vaccines, and what not have spread. Moms groups have been formed to discuss the issue. It has been called a health crisis. Answers and research have been demanded.
Honestly, at the time of diagnosis I just didn’t care what the cause was or spent any time speculating about it. My son had just been diagnosed with autism, processing delays, and sensory challenges. It was a time to process and take action. No looking back. Really, what good would it do?
Fast forward to the present and consider, despite the discussions, education, and information people still don’t really understand what autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is and what the implications are for families.
It is so funny because people are generally shocked when they meet my son, Jack. I forewarn some people (like the dentist today) that he is on the spectrum. I explain some issues he may have during a visit. But when they meet him, people are surprised he can talk, walk, read, is dressed, communicates, and is handsome, incredibly smart, and so on.
I always wonder, “What were they expecting? Drooling? Nose picking? Rainman?”
Mild Autism can give you a genius like Einstein. If you have severe autism, you can remain nonverbal. You don’t want people to be on the severe end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn’t have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social ‘yak yaks’. Temple Grandin
Our Special Community
My family and I belong to a special community. A community of strong parents, teachers, aides, doctors, assistants, people who have big hearts. We work to learn more about our children and their worlds, love them despite the challenges, educate ourselves, devote ourselves to them, and come together to celebrate the people they are.
It is a blessed journey on which I have become a better person because of my son Jack.