|Visiting his great-grandma shortly after he was born|
At age eleven, my son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which is also referred to as high-functioning on the Autism Spectrum. We felt relieved at having a name for the symptoms we had been seeing that didn't correlate with the ADHD he had been diagnosed with at age eight. We were grateful for the resources and people who came into our lives to provide services that would help all of us adjust to life with Autism. My son will tell you Autism makes him special. Autism makes him different because his brain works differently than other people's brains. I'm thankful that he has a mainly positive attitude about his Autism.
|In Disneyworld, age 8|
I love watching his brain work and seeing the world anew through his eyes. His perspective is unique and he often sees things that I miss or simply overlook. Life becomes new and fresh through his eyes. My son also has a spirit of perseverance. I'm proud of him for that and his zealous faith.
|My boy and his favorite Christian artist, Toby Mac|
My son may struggle with math. He may never drive a car. Yet, he is amazing just as he is. I know God will continue to guide him and I trust that God has special plans for my sweet boy that will bring him hope and a future. Happy, sweet sixteenth birthday, my precious boy! Dare to dream! Trust God with all of your heart, mind, and soul. Be kind to others. Keep persevering! Simply keep being you: special, loved, unique!
|Celebrating my boy on his 16th birthday|