The First Time My Son Told Me, "I Love You"
Love has a language of its own, and even kids who have autism and are non-verbal can express it. We just have to know how to ask, be patient, and be willing to listen.
That was such a simple, quick moment, but it changed everything in our house. Now, more than a year later, we're so much more aware of the deliberate ways Liam shows his love--through hugs, word approximations, snuggles, and interacting with us-- and we're constantly asking him questions, teaching him, and learning how to communicate with him better. I can't wait to see what the next year brings!
Jamie Pacton lives near Lake Michigan where she drinks loads of coffee, dreams of sailing, and enjoys each day with her husband and two sons, Liam (6) and Eliot (4). Her writing has appeared in the Autism and Asperger's Digest (2011-2013), Parents, and the book collectionMonday Coffee and Other Stories of Parenting Kids with Special Needs. Find her at www.jamiepacton.com, Facebook (Jamie Pacton), and Twitter (@jamiepacton).
Photo of Jamie and Liam courtesy of Jamie Pacton