Voices of Autism: Who is He?

Every day throughout April–Autism Awareness Month–we will be featuring a different reader-submitted story about living with autism. Today’s story was written by Traci Range, mother of Emerson, 8, and author of the blog Our Silent Movie:

He is an 8-year-old little boy with a smile and a giggle that will brighten a room. He is an 8-year-old boy with the strength of a tornado when upset. He is skinny, very skinny, and small in stature. He wears glasses–when they’re not broken. He has beautifully long eyelashes that we as girls wish we had.  He has pasty skin with bluish tint under his eyes. 

Most kids his “type” have big heads. Nope, not him; his is thin and narrow.  His brown hair is disheveled most of the time. The bangs that are cut short to keep him from pulling his own hair make his forehead look even taller. He walks on his toes. He loves to jump. You may get a glimpse of his beautiful eyes, but not often.

You may think you heard a word, but probably not. He does not carry on a conversation. His “signs” are few and far between. He points. He lets out a shriek every once in a while.  He perseverates. He likes to count. He loves his ABCs and he’s addicted to Sesame Street.

He loves to be tickled. He loves to play in water. He takes drinks from the faucet or out of the milk jug. He struggles to write his name. He lacks safety awareness. He still needs to be helped to brush his teeth and to get dressed. He is frustrated and misunderstood. He is gawked upon out in public.

Who is he?

He is my son.

To read previous stories in this series, click here. For instructions on how to submit your story, click here.

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  1. by Spectrummy Mummy

    On April 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Glad to meet your son, thank you for introducing him to us. My girl is quite different (complete with big head) but shares a lot in common with the tickles, love of water, and Sesame Street.

  2. by Joy

    On April 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Thank you for sharing your son with us, he sounds like he is very well loved too. :)