Writing about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) in reference to my children who experience these disorders, has introduced you to our family.
I try to provide a visual of what my children experience to allow you to glimpse what ASD and HFA may look like.
I hope to spread awareness about these disorders in order for my children and our family to gain understanding and acceptance.
When I talk about autism in terms of my children’s experiences, I am telling you what their differences are from the general population. I am allowing for you to see their distance from “typical.”
My son, Declan has ASD. He has little safety awareness, he wanders and can be loud. He is a sensory seeker, he doesn’t sleep through the night and he is very concrete in his thinking.
My daughter, Catelyn has HFA. She has numerous sensory issues with her food and clothes. She has a hard time regulating her emotions, does not give compliments or flattery and can be very inflexible and rude.
So Much More Than Autism
This is what I have told you about the autism they experience, but guess what? My kids are so much more than the autism they experience. In order for them to gain acceptance and inclusion let me tell you about the other things they enjoy and experience.
My son Declan would love for you to know that he loves superhero’s. He loves Spiderman the most. And he LOVES costumes. Declan has a great sense of humor. And he loves to sing songs and listen to music.
My daughter, Catelyn is very imaginative. She loves to read and make up stories of her own. She also has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to laugh. She enjoys acting on the stage and takes theater classes. She also loves to play soccer. She is one heck of a goalie and loves to play offense. She had a wonderful game this past weekend where she saved a lot of goals as goalie and then scored 2 goals on offense.
Together, Declan and Catelyn play great. Catelyn helps Declan find the world of imagination, and has him act out different dramatic plays with her. And they can be wonderful fans during their older brother’s soccer games.
Catelyn and Declan are so much more than the autism they experience. They are little people finding their way with different therapies. They want to play with other kids. They want to be understood and accepted, have fun and….