The Story Of Three: What is Autism?

Monday, June 9, 2014

What is Autism?

Wikipedia's definition of Autism:

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal & non-verbal communication & restricted & repetitive behavior. Signs are often noticed early, in the first two years of a child's life. As of 2014, 1 in 68 children have Autism, it occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls. You can read more here.

My definition of Autism:

Autism in our home is flapping, exciting clapping, lots of smiles, high-fives, spinning in circles, humming, making lots of sounds & use of sign language & pictures. Autism doesn't hit every milestone, it's like a slow & steady race, progress is the key, not perfection. Autism is being extra cautious, extra protective, never ever leaving a child unattended even for a second, Autism is keeping the house baby proof even when there are no babies around. It's IEP meetings, making the same meals 4-5 times a week, having a picky eater, therapy 6 times a week, learning about sensory issues & more. 

Autism is an entire different world, one sometimes that has to be seen through your child's eyes to even try to understand. It has it's moments, its can be full of joy & full of tears, sometimes there is sadness, tears of frustration, but most of the time it's happiness, uncontrollable laughter & just enjoying each other's company while watching Finding Nemo repeatedly. 

Autism is acceptancepatience, caring, loving & sacrifice. It's a journey, it's taught me, shaped me, loved me, made me the parent that I am today. 

Everyone's Autism journey or story is different, if you've met one child with Autism, then you've met one child with Autism. They are all different in each & every way just like our "typical" children. Acceptance is the key, they are still children, human beings who want to be loved & cared for just like the rest of us.

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