Today is Autism Awareness day.
Millions of children around the world have been diagnosed with having Autism, which affects both boys and girls leading them to mostly have sensory issues. These children are NOT retarded, handicapped, or disable.
They just process information in their brains differently than someone who does not have Autism.
Many Autistic children are great kids!
For most parents, the thought of finding out that your child has Autism can raise a few eyebrows and several fears. However, there is an organization that has made themselves to help parents and families learn more about what Autism is and how parents can help their children grow up into wonderful adults.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
I have several friends from high school who have a child (or more than one) with Autism. I’ve met several of these kids and they are awesome!!!
Let me tell you a story about Colin.
A few years ago, Colin was about eight-years-old and has a swing set in the backyard because it helps him balance out his sensory issues. Well, one day he wanted me to come to the backyard and swing with him! He’s got two swings and really wanted me to swing with him.
So, I did.
We had a blast swinging on the swings to see who could get higher in the air. We laughed and just enjoyed the moment. Colin is a great kid!! I don’t see him often anymore or swing together, but I do know that his mom is doing an amazing job raising this boy as hard as she can into a good man when he grows up.
For many people who don’t have a child or children with Autism or know someone who does, it can seem intimidating to understand these children. Just know that their parents are doing the best job they can with the resources they have access to.
Today starts Autism Awareness month and most places across the country are lighting up in blue in support of it.
My contribution to Autism Awareness for my friend’s kids and others across the globe, today’s card is dedicate to you!