When my youngest son Tate was diagnosed with autism, he was around two and a half years old. Our story is similar to a lot of others I’ve heard over the years. There was an initial frantic search for services and therapies, years of early intervention that were hard to pay for, then denial that my son would be forever handicapped. Much progress was made and there were hopes of a “recovery” and then finally, there was acceptance.
Some days are a little harder than others. Most days we do okay. A sense of humor helps. A lot. Knowing we are not alone also helps. I like to blog about our experiences in hopes that I can make things a little easier for the parents who are coming after me. Lately I’ve been illustrating some of the things Tate does that may seem a bit odd to others in an effort help people understand autism a little better.
At age fourteen, Tate still sometimes misses things that are very obvious to the rest of us. And sometimes he is sure he understands things the rest of us are confused about when the reverse is actually true. Because Tate sees the world differently than I do I am often learning things from him. I have learned to appreciate his unique take on things.
Below are a few of the illustrations I have made so you can have a peek into our lives. There are many more to come so watch for future posts.
|He technically knew what he was talking about here.|
Tate's tries hard to make jokes. He thought telling his sister that she was not really seeing cows was so funny to him. He sure schooled us on what a hobo is too.
|Wiffle a ball?|
|This is one of my favorite happenings ever. Tate was so excited to share his discovery.|
He sure thought he was helping here.
Figurative language is often a problem for Tate.
|If only we all said what we really mean...|
|Goosebumps have nothing to do with geese?|
|I learned never to try to teach Tate about figurative language unless there are no distractions.|
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