World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day.  A day to celebrate people with autism. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the United States today.  I believe it is a lot more than this.  If you would like to learn more you can visit Autism Speaks.

Autism

Autism effects each person differently.

Autism is:
Unable to speak, or maybe speaking too much or  doesn’t want to speak at all
Hugging everyone, or disliking touch
Escaping outside,
Or trying to hide
Excitedly flapping
Inappropriate clapping
talking to self sometimes repeatedly
laughing at nothing
crying uncontrolibly for long periods of time
Autism varies so much
Won’t wear a coat, or wears one all year round
Fussy eater, or would eat dirt from the ground
Screaming or humming
Annoyingly drumming
Toys in a line
The same way every time
Autism varies so much
Struggling to learn, or has wonderful gifts
Obsessions of numbers, trains, films or lifts
Spinning around
Throws things on the ground
Constantly spitting
Aggressively hitting
Autism varies so much
Alone without friends, or controls every game
Always looks different, always dresses the same
Swinging on doors
Head banging on floors
Freaks at the dryer
Keeps climbing higher
Autism varies so much.
Knows so much one day
The next can even write their name
Can’t answer questions, won’t do as they’re told
In their own world or bossy and bold
Over prepared
Anxious and scared
A spectrum so wide
But they all bring us pride
When autism touches our lives.
I support autism awareness always

What Autism is for Me

My son, now 24 has autism. All of his life I have watched hin struggle.  There were points when it did not seem like there was anything wrong with him at all. In the past coupe of months I have watched everything fall apart for him.

He has gone back into himself and no one really understands why.  He was trying to get a job.  But nothing seemed right for him. I have had to watch my son die and be reborn over and over again many times in this one lifetime.  That is what it feels like to be the mother of an autisntic son.

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