Autism Is Infectious. Not in a viral way but in a motivational way.
At age 2, my son Tyler was diagnosed with moderate-to-severe autism and we were told not that he would probably never communicate properly. As you could magine, my heart sank through the floor and for one whole day, I sobbed my eyes out.
The next day I woke up and said to myself…”He has autism. SO WHAT?”
From that day on, my wife and I have sort of been on a mission to reach into his autistic world of spinning things, a fussy diet, not sleeping, lack of speech, obsessions and to figure out the best way to reach our son.
I have put together a daily diary is meant to show how we go about inspiring Tyler and how his development goes about inspiring us…(It’s kind of infectious)
Topics discussed are:
Helping a child with autism to understand sharing.
Helping a child to understand other people’s perceptions and feelings.
How not everything in a child with autism’s world is at it would seem.
How simple excercise can significantly boost eye contact etc
Why copying or repeating is a significant part of the learning process for an autistic child.
These are not made up stories. These are simply real-world scenarios of how Tyler goes about his day and how he is progressing.
As a parent, I know how important it is to get first hand information from other parents of autism who have walked the path before you. Hopefully this diary will help keep you inspired and motivated to bring out the best in your child.
P.S. Tyler is 8 now, in mainstream school (un-aided and in the correct class) and thriving. The last report card we received from the school said he was the teacher’s best pupil. Not too bad for a child the Doctors said might never speak!!!