We have suspected that our 2.5 year old DS1 is autistic for some months now. We had our appointment with the consultant paediatrician yesterday, who said that DS1 does in his opinion have an ASD. DS1 just needs to be seen by the specialist speech & language therapist now before they formally diagnose, which I'm almost certain they will.
Anyway, this whole process is hard, even though a diagnosis won't change anything really. So, please tell me something wonderful about your DC with autism.
Ds2 is 16 He is very severely affected by his asd. He is very happy. He loves his life, his hobbies and obsessions. He is not mean, envious or nasty to anyone ever. People are often affected by him. He is such a lovely, gentle young man that 5 people who have got to know him have taken up jobs working with people with SN citing him as their inspiration to do so. He can climb like a demon. He goes to a climbing club once a week and is one of the best climbers in his age group in spite of understanding very little language. He enjoys travel. He loves the beach and is the best company, spending hours watching the waves and enjoying the peace of it all. He is incredibly loving and gentle. his joy is infectious. Watching him being totally enchanted by something simple, like the Africa programme on tv, or snow, or his swing makes you reevaluate how amazing life is. He makes me truly grateful for the pleasures in life. He's great really.
Where to begin, he is of course wonderful in so many ways - but then I may be slightly biased.
He is so full of life, energy and fun. Tells the absolute worst jokes in the world and finds them hilarious - but you end up laughing too because his smile and laugh are infectious and he loves to make other people laugh.
He is feverently loyal to his friends and family and despite not having the skills to recognise when others are feeling down, can't bear the thought of anyone being sad or upset, so if he is told or shown how others are feeling will do absolutely anything to try and make them happy again.
He writes awesome poetry and sees the beauty in simple things that most of us are too busy to notice. He's the one to notice the frozen cobweb or the light reflecting off water in a colourful pattern.
He is also a staunch defender of wildlife, nature and in particular insects, which isn't always easy in a playground full of girls that have a tendency to scream and stamp on them and boys who oftentimes like to do thinks like pull their wings and legs off.
He has just asked me to tell you that he is also thoroughly loyal to and excellent at Minecraft and Pokemon and that having ASD isn't all bad, because it makes you really good finding out and learning facts.
DD1 is 8 and is mostly a very happy girl. She would spend her life doing jobs for her teachers if she could and is just all round a really lovely soul. I worry for her far more than she worries for herself!
My DS 7 is the most self-contained person ever, not in an unfriendly way, but he is so at peace with his own world and in his own self. 'Centred' is the only way I can describe him (sorry if a bit woo). But he never sits still. I've never know a person occupy the world in the way my DS does. He's also cuddly, snuggly, and 'totally hilarious' (his words)
My DS is 5, and ASD. He is beautiful, he is so gentle and carefree, he can light up a room when he walks in (his assistant head teacher even wrote that in his school report , so must be true ) he can make me smile, even when I'm cross/frustrated with him, his giggle is infectious, he is so funny without knowing it, he is very athletic, has grade 5 for trampolining and he loves me-how do I know, because he shows me all the time. He rocks!!!!!!
DS2 (15) is a pure soul. There is no deceit, he has no desire for one upmanship, he believes everyone is is friend. His own world and obsessions absorb him completely. Everyone who knows him loves him.
He has made our family amazing... his brother and sisters are now all working in special needs because of him
My 9 year old is the smiliest, happiest, most handsome little fair-haired chubby darling boy. As Pagwatch said, he has none of the less attractive qualities of our species: ego, spite, envy, snobbery, attitude etc. He is loving and happy all the day is long, and every little thing he learns is a huge triumph, given how hard it is for him to learn.
My DD has just turned four. She said the word daddy and some others at 10 months, then her speech just stopped at 14 months. The first time she said mummy was when she was 2.6, and I cried. I always said to her "I love you" and at 3.1, she said back "I love you too" (modelled from her brother). We were on the bus yesterday, after her speech therapy; she said to me, for the first time ever, totally unprompted and out of the blue - " Mummy, I love you".Her communication is still very delayed, but it is improving. For so long I never thought she would talk - but she does. She is fantastic. She lights up a room like nobody else. Hope you will forgive a stealth boast: she is pretty too - blonde hair, dimples. Strangers stop us in the street to comment on her: she doesn't talk to them, but she does smile. Lotty - thank you for starting this thread, it lovely to hear about the good things about our DCs. All the best to you and your DS.