We all know that living with autism can have challenges. For some that may even be a massive understatement. I know we have days where I am so exhausted that the smallest things can make me weep. That said, autism can bring great happiness as well. Today I’m taking the time to celebrate those things that I’d never appreciate were it not for the ausomeness of autism. I’d love you to take a moment to do the same and share either here in the comments or on within our Facebook community.
Last time I was here I spoke about our transition to daycare. I would love to tell you that it’s all smooth sailing now, but it is not. BUT we are seeing some big leaps in our Little Mate’s verbal communication all of a sudden. He does not speak when he is there, but his language at home is growing quickly and we are putting it down to his being forced out of his comfort zone. Autism has made me fully appreciate the power of verbal and nonverbal language. Every time my boy points to indicate a need or uses a new word that isn’t echolalic my heart fills.
My Little Miss Thing is incredibly protective of her brother. When he is having a difficult time at daycare he gets to spend some time with her in the toddler room. Unlike their older siblings, her experience will be one where she has only known her brother as being autistic. It isn’t something for her to come to terms with as they have, it simply is part of who he is for her. I believe she will have so much empathy and caring for growing up with autism in our family.
On those really challenging days sometimes the smallest thing can be enough to turn it all around. The other day my 8 year old son bathed and dressed his three year old brother. Both boys are on the spectrum. One doesn’t tend to think of others, the other doesn’t tend to like anyone but me to do anything for him. In that one act I was overwhelmed with love for them both; for what they can achieve and for who they are. And I was reminded every time I looked at the 3 year old as his brother had dressed him in multiple hoodies and no t-shirt
What has given you joy this week?