by Valorie Wheatley

This is the face of a child with autism. He is my child. And there are many, many other boys and girls just like him all over the world. Children who see the world differently than we do.

Children who may become obsessed with any matter of subjects. For Rex it was trains (and still is!). Trains everyday all day, lines and lines of trains. When their peers started talking, some children with autism were banging their heads into walls, straching your face in frustration, and crying because they had something to say but couldn’t find the words.

Children who sometimes find the words by scripting (repeating what they heard on tv or in a book) or by being brutally honest (“Yuck I don’t like that candy!” at the door at Halloween). Some children who are never able to speak verbally learn new ways to express what they need.  

Children who may demand structure, endlessly ask what day of the week it is, what will we do tomorrow, and will be upset when plans change.  Children who need social stories, speech therapy, OT, PT, and ABA therapy.

These children look just like yours. There is no one way a child who has autism is supposed to look. I think when people hear autism they expect to see a certain kind of person (Rainman) but autism looks different on every person.

Autism maybe a scary diagnosis for some, but for me it was the key that unlocked the door to me helping my
son. Now families all over know that my son is the one of the most beautiful gifts God ever gave me.