Light It Up Blue is to bring awareness to Autism. For my family we try and do what can to help others understand their children. I am going to share our story and journey as everyone’s is different.
Blake was officially diagnosed at age 2.5. We had gone from talking some to mostly having grunts and tantrums. He also was advanced in all motor skill wise. He would take things and put them back together in working order at 18 months old. He was running full steam ahead at 6.5 months old.
He has a thing for numbers and history. Along with sports. His little mind amazes me. He will say things “Hey mom do you remember on this date we went here and awe this?” Thank god for pictures with dates. I am able to go back and realize he has it 100% correct. We had a soldier in Germany whose birthday was September 11. The soldier asked him a few months later if he remembered when his birthday was. Blake spit it out without hesitation. His love of school and bowling are deep seeded. I love that he loves to bowl as he does not have to touch anyone but he gets the social interaction that he needs.
Nathan has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS and that handles with the more social awkwardness along with bad behaviors. He also is not afraid to tell you exactly what he is thinking even if it is not appropriate. It drives me crazy at times but I also try and give new people fair warning. Hey this is what he has and this is how we deal with it. We call Nate the nose. He is so sensitive to smells. Even if it smells good to everyone else it can be over whelming and bothersome to him. At times it drives me crazy but I understand. The lights make a humming noise that drive him crazy. This little guy doesn’t like being touched by strangers. He will really give you a run for the money and test you. I think part of that comes from people coming into his life and then leaving because they can’t deal with him. He spins and flaps with the best of them. It is things we have learned to deal with but also have given him strategies so he doesn’t disrupt the main stream classes. We have lucked out with the schools minus Connecticut that we have attended.
We have been dealt a tough road. More so my kids as many don’t understand what we deal with daily from the Autism to ADHD. We as a family have come so far. We allow them to take medications to help them so they can be successful. We have picked our battles with behaviors. All in all I truly enjoy my boys. I love watching them form new connections. I am thankful for our Army family that has accepted my boys fully and understand that sometimes it is just not things our kiddos can control.
Today we light it up blue for Autism.