Following on from my previous post, this series of blog posts is to show that Autism comes in many, colours, shapes and sizes. No two people affected by Autism are the same. I have collected info from Mums and relatives of people affected by Autism so you can see the difference.
Dani, Mum of Jacob who is 2:
Jacob is two. I always thought when I had kids that christmas and birthdays would become magical times and be real special occasions but in the case of Jacob that just isn’t true, to him a birthday or christmas is like torture. He cried and had a melt down as we tried to get him to open presents on christmas day because even though he loves Thomas and most of his presents were Thomas related it was just too much for him so i unwrapped all his presents while his daddy calmed him down. No easy feat. Jacob used to make a lot of noise but nothing that could ever be classed as a word so he had speech therapy and he is slowly getting there. He now says mummy and tato which we find quite funny because its only after going in the fridge and getting a potato out and giving it a kiss and rubbing it on his face to see how it feels like he does with most stuff that he announced the word tato for the first time. Thats just the kind of boy Jake is though, amazing me and making me smile every day. Its not always easy and the fact he doesnt trust many people, has melt downs, doesn’t stay still and doesn’t sleep make it hard but he’s bloody worth it.
Natalie, Mum to Joshie age 4:
Our son is very much emerced in his own world, he is very good at navigating round his ipad and even round the restrictions i put on lol, he loves thomas the tank engine and curious george (they are kindrid spirts and our sons nickname is monkey) he has an eversion to wearing shorts (unless its for swimming) and he wont wear buttons, hoods or jeans (unless they have a stretchy fabric waist band) when we are out he often suffers with sensory overload we have managed to ease this by him having a enclosed pushchair (his safe space) and a snuggle blanket and a cuddly toy he only has when were out that he will bite and snuggle altough this isnt 100% effective it does help.
Chantell, Mum to Lucky who is 3:
Check out her blog at:http://wecalledhimlucky.com
Our Lucky is 3 years old. Teletubbies, Toy Story and Winnie the Pooh is the only way we reach him in therapy. He loves his siblings and loves to be squeezed and kissed by the family, but cringes at the thought of anybody else in his space. Lucky don’t wear coats, socks, shoes or anything weighing him down.. Even in the middle of winter. He loves the outdoors as long as there is nobody else around. Lucky ONLY eats bananas, brown bread (with NO seeds) with peanut butter and pesto pasta (all gluten free). We are still finding our feet, so at the moment we don’t really get out much… Unless we know nobody is at the park! Any outing is TOO much for Lucky.. Even the park and nature reserve outside our house. Thank goodness for online grocery shopping!!!
Robyn, Mum to Elliot who is 3:
Elliot is a very unique 3 and a half year old. He has lots of learning delays but can walk talk and do most stuff independently. He lacks social skills and doesn’t like to interact with other children unless they are babies. He has anxiety issues and hates loud noises. He has a major obsession with Disney Cars and Planes. He likes to be clean and gets very upset if he is dirty. He has some speech delays but Therapy is helping. He loves to draw and is extremely good at it. He has toilet issues and a fear of pooping and will hide to go and refuses to be changed when he has gone until it is too uncomfortable. He seeks comfort in organised things and has to have things a set way. He has a memory greater then any child I know. He loves cars and can tell you if he sees one like one he has been in. He will happily live on a diet of pizza, cereal and milk and getting him to eat anything different can be a challenge. Elliot is very hyper active and doesn’t like to sit still for too long and has a very low attention span unless drawing or watching Cars. He wakes frequently in the night screaming and can take up to an hour to settle back to sleep. He hates change and requires a good stable routine. He is also comforted by certain noises he makes.
Trish, Mum to Dinky age 7:
Trish Blogs at https://dinkyandme.wordpress.com
Dinky has PDA, which is a form of autism, except not many professionals understand it.
She struggles with demands made on her as they set off major anxiety. She also has major sensory integration difficulties which mean that she doesn’t like loud noises, and sensory seeks by spinning, flapping, rocking, jumping and sniffing things.
Her latest obsessions are Power rangers, Disney infinity (which she watches YouTube vids of and can now programme the little toys and mini characters to change colours), lego, and marvel heroes.
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