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In Their Own Words – I Have Autism

I have autism.  I hold only a few similarities to the character in “Rain Man.” When I am out on the playground, never say to my mother, “I would have never guessed that; he looks so normal”  The face of autism is not a defined one.

I have autism.  This does not mean I am deaf, nor does it mean I can’t understand your words. When cruel things are said, it hurts just like it would anyone else. Sometimes even more, as I am very sensitive.

I have autism. I am not blind.  When you stare at me, point, and whisper – I don’t like it.  I sometimes cannot control my emotions; however, I still can see you.

I have autism.  I am not spoiled, undisciplined, or disrespectful intentionally. Don’t tell my parents I just need to be smacked, as that would never work and I smack back!  All I know is if I am being hurt I must defend myself.

I have autism. This does not mean I am mentally delayed. I am very smart. I may focus on only a few things, but I have become an expert on them.

I have autism. Don’t think I am not capable of love or am emotionally detached from the world around me. I am very close to my family and sometimes need to be hugged. I do have the capacity to care. Especially if I see someone else being hurt or teased.

I have autism. I will line things up on the floor in my room in perfect order. This may be strange, but to me it is contentment. I can only relax if things are in sync.

I have autism. Which means I am supersensitive to sounds; I hear all of them. Even the smallest of sounds. When I get overloaded with too many sounds at once, It is hard to cope and I must step away and be alone. This does not mean I can’t handle the world, I just have to have more time to tune out as I hear more than everyone.

I have autism. I live by schedules. This is one of the ways I have found to cope with the chaos around me. Knowing what is going to happen at a certain time each day helps me prepare for transitions. That is why it is difficult for me to deal with a schedule change. I have to have order to obtain peace.

I have autism. It is very important for people to mean what they say  That is why joking with me is never understood. Things are black and white to me, like a set schedule.  If you say you are going to turn blue in five minutes, I expect you to do so.

So remember, having autism does not mean I am blind, retarded, unresponsive, incapable of love, or unable to function in the real world.  I am unique and gifted because I have found a way to coexist within two very separate worlds. Take a moment to think about how many of us have difficulty within just the one world we live, now imagine juggling two. This is something I have learned to do. So forgive me if at times I have trouble separating the two, again I am only human.

I often hear people say to my mom, “It must be so hard for you” – no one ever says that to me. In fact, no one expects me to understand or respond because of the face society has painted autism to be. I do not know all that autism is, but I know who I am. I am special, and cherished. Almost like a superhero I was set aside to have these unique abilities. They are not a disability. They are not something to fear.  In a way they are magical. I have unlocked parts of my brain that others cannot.

When you look at me, don’t look at me with sadness or feel sorry for me. Look at me with wonderment and I will amaze you every time.

This “In Their Own Words” essay is written by Tonya Procor, a loving mother of a son with autism.

If you have a story you wish to share about your personal experience with autism, please send it to editors@autismspeaks.org. Autism Speaks reserves the right to edit contributions for space, style and content. Because of the volume of submissions, not all can be published on the site.

  1. Angel
    May 29, 2010 at 10:21 am | #1

    This is very touching, my son also has Autism. Thanks for sharing, b/c this is exactly how I feel about my son.

  2. Michelle
    May 29, 2010 at 10:30 am | #2

    Absolutley brilliant.

  3. Boshra Kamisah
    May 29, 2010 at 10:31 am | #3

    Hi every one… oh my god what can i say …. this is my first year studying special education and while i was searching of the real meaning of autism … in here .. by there own words i Finlay understand every thing ,,, i want to thank you very much .. and i want to say how amazing people they are .. they are a gift from the lord… they are the most intelligent in the world …

    ” When you look at me, don’t look at me with sadness or feel sorry for me. Look at me with wonderment and I will amaze you every time.”

  4. rhoel natividad
    May 29, 2010 at 10:35 am | #4

    i really love it…..

  5. May 29, 2010 at 10:45 am | #5

    I like this… My biological son has autism, as well as my stepson and stepdaughter (who live with us full time). I am dx’d aspie, and my husband looks like he’s on the spectrum too… To us this life is “normal”. I have a lot of hte quirks that are listed, as do the kids, and to us, the “normal” folks are crazy! We look at it as just another way to look at life, as we are who God made us, and wouldn’t want to be any other way.

    • Trevor T
      June 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | #6

      What an amazing family you have. :)

    • MICHAEL
      November 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm | #7

      I HAVE AUSTISM

  6. Anita Jones
    May 29, 2010 at 10:47 am | #8

    Thank you for writing this! This helps to understand a child with autism and how they feel. I have a son who has autism, and I know that it is really hard for him.. Thanks for helping people to understand…

    • MICHAEL
      November 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm | #9

      I HAD AUSTISM WHEN I WAS 16 YEAR OLD

  7. mindy
    May 29, 2010 at 10:52 am | #10

    amazingly well said! Many of the characteristics are the same for my son..You found the words to describe autism as I see it,In my everyday life.Best wishes to you and your family.

  8. Nicole
    May 29, 2010 at 11:19 am | #11

    Awesome!! I will share this with family & friends to help them better understand my children. Thank you!!!

  9. Jessy
    May 29, 2010 at 11:26 am | #12

    Oh Tonya,
    Beautiful, poetic, and touching.
    Thank you for your words.
    From another Mon with a son in the spectrum.
    Jessy

  10. Heather Diefenbach
    May 29, 2010 at 11:29 am | #13

    I love this, it is so true…I shared it with my family and friends with the hopes that they will understand my son.

  11. Kelli Pease
    May 29, 2010 at 11:30 am | #14

    THANK YOU for sharing this beautiful story. It brought tears to my eyes. My 9-year-old son has Asperger’s Syndrome, and I still learn new things about him everyday. Sometimes I forget to think about how he thinks about things… I focus on how to handle his uniqueness. THANK YOU a thousand times…. this is a piece I will hold on to!!!

    :) Kelli

  12. cathy o’connor
    May 29, 2010 at 11:50 am | #15

    you have done a beautiful job describing life with autism. it is so on point to my life it is uncanny. there is so many levels of autism but the one common denominator in all of this is we want our children respected. that’s all..simply respect.

  13. Kristie Fowler
    May 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm | #16

    If we took out basically one paragraph and changed “autism” to “Asperger’s” you would have basically described my child and his life, with Asperger’s. My son’s older brother (who is 9) and I read this together and both welled up with tears….We have a difficult time, understanding, and I always try to remind myself, if we have difficulty understanding and we get frustrated, imagine how HE must feel. Thank you so much for this beautiful reminder, and description. It is a reminder that no matter how difficult things can be at times, he is BEAUTIFUL in all the ways “normal” (whatever that is right?) people are not.

  14. Stacey Smetana
    May 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm | #17

    Thank you, Tonya. That was beautifully written. God Bless you and your son.

  15. Brenda Capasso
    May 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm | #18

    You have autism and you are loved… Thank you Tonya that was beautiful

  16. Tina M
    May 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm | #19

    Thank you for this…I have a son with Autism and this is truly a wonderful way to explain what Autism really is. I think everyone should read this.

  17. Helen
    May 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm | #20

    Thank you soo much for writing this. These are words I wished I could use when people are so cruel to my child. When people stare at my son I would love to pass this out to them to make them understand …

  18. Betty Patterson
    May 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm | #21

    Awesome and beautiful!!! Thanks for writing this and sharing it with all of us. My grandson has Autism. Thanks for helping people understand more about our world.

  19. Lara J
    May 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | #22

    This couldn’t have been said any better. Thank you. I’d like to print this off and use it to educate others.

  20. Simran
    May 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm | #23

    I agree to u in all aspect, but what if with this autism, frequent seizure become part of life?….:(

    • Melissa
      May 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm | #24

      I wish more information was available, My son Casey also has Autism and seizure’s. He was tested in Arkansas Childrens Hospital and we still have very few answers…

      • Simran
        May 30, 2010 at 12:02 am | #25

        OK Melissa,
        I m brother of 20 years old sister,name Daman. She is having autism from birth. At the age of 19 she got a severe seizure which goes for about 4-5 hours. From that day we are giving her eptoin on regular basis. But recently she is getting them again but for short period of time for 2-3 sec, during that time some saliva used to get out from her mouth. Do u think that can be stopped?

        Thanks

      • May 30, 2010 at 12:31 am | #26

        There’s lots of information out there, just keep searching. That’s how we learned about autism..by searchign til we found the answers we needed.

      • Simran
        May 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm | #27

        I m brother of 20 years old sister,name Daman. She is having autism from birth. At the age of 19 she got a severe seizure which goes for about 4-5 hours. From that day we are giving her eptoin on regular basis. But recently she is getting them again but for short period of time for 2-3 sec, during that time some saliva used to get out from her mouth. Do u think that can be stopped?

        Thanks

  21. Julie
    May 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm | #28

    beautiful. I cry as I read and fall in love with my son all over again

  22. heehaaaw
    May 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm | #29

    Thank you, this gave me more respect and patience with myself. I really need it.

  23. Sandra D
    May 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm | #30

    This is truly one of the best writings regarding Autism I’ve ever read…(and I read every one I can find) My little guy, Lincoln is 4yrs-old and diagnosed with Autism. I often forget how hard it is for him to manage his world. I am printing this out and hanging it on the fridge as a daily reminder that he is doing the best he can and I am the one who needs to be more flexible. He is always willing to smile at me, hug me, laugh for me and make me happy!! I need to do the same for him!!! Thank you for these words of inspiration and courage. God bless you and your family!!!

  24. May 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | #31

    Beautiful! Thank you for your words as they really will help people understand. !

  25. May 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm | #32

    A compassionate and not a “terrible” portrayal of autism, but I find it misleading and curiously ironic that an article titled “In Their Own Words” was written by a mother and not the autistic him/herself. Autism Speaks always purports to speak for us, although many of us can speak for ourselves. The organization itself tries to ignore us when we do speak up, and says that if we can speak up, we must not really be autistic. We Asperger’s autistics could be a valuable source of information for parents, if you would only listen.

    • autismspeaks
      May 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm | #33

      Our “In Their Own Words” essays are written by individuals who have autism, as well as their loved ones. Please take a moment to look through the many that we publish; many of them are, indeed, written by people who have autism. We would love for you to contribute an “In Their Own Words” essay – you can e-mail it to editors@autismspeaks.org to be considered for publication.

      • May 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm | #34

        Sorry, didn’t realize that you have a series with that title. That explains it a bit. Here are my own words:

        http://cometscorner-clay.blogspot.com/2010/03/normie.html

      • autismspeaks
        May 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm | #35

        Thanks for sharing your blog – if you have a particular story you want to share, let me know which one it is. I will definitely check out some of the stuff you have on there – it looks like you write often and have a lot to say, which is great! P.S. Love the cat photo :)

  26. Lupe
    May 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm | #36

    Thanks so much you hit it right on the dot I also have a son who is 6 yrs old with Autism and reading this brought tears into my eyes you describe it wonderfully

  27. Nicki
    May 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm | #37

    What a beautiful story.
    My son is being assessed at the moment for being on the Autism spectrum. I am trying to find as much information as possible on this. There are so many things there that I can relate to. Thank you .

  28. crystal winters
    May 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm | #38

    I have a 16 year old son with autism…and i have read about every article on autism…but this essay was the most well…hits the nail on the head..i have passed it on to all of my facebook group and they was touched as well…best article i have ever read..brilliant..i hope she post more in the future.

  29. kwombles
    May 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm | #39

    Lovely.

  30. Nazreel
    May 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm | #40

    My autistic son is 36 today. May God bless him.

  31. Kevin Clarke
    May 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm | #41

    This is 100% my son. I have twins boys. One with autism one without. I am sending this to everyone i know. My Wesley is wonderful.. We call him THE BEST BOY EVER…

  32. Vanessa
    May 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm | #42

    Thank you.

  33. Kimberly
    May 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm | #43

    I work with individuals with developmental disabilities and I know the clinical aspects of many disabilities. This helps me understand more than anything else that I have read or studied. Thank you so much for sharing.

  34. Barbara
    May 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm | #44

    Thank you for helping me understand my wonderful grandson. It takes special parents to understand what cannot be expressed by their children.

  35. Truly
    May 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm | #45

    This is the best story and expresses just how I and many other Moms feel about our special child(ren). I am always telling others that I am “gifted” to be chosen as the parent of my little girl. I am printing this story, sharing it with my family and friends. Thanks again for your story.

  36. Ramona
    May 30, 2010 at 1:50 am | #46

    Beautiful…It made me cry as I thought of my son Michael, he is also autistic. Thank you for sharing your story.

  37. angela
    May 30, 2010 at 2:12 am | #47

    My children’s psicologist has diagnosed my oldest with Aspergers(part of the autism spectrim disorders) and so far believes that my yonger 2 will be in the spectrinm also. she spacifically points to Aspergers. My children portray those same traits in varying degrees. I recognise in me some too. I would like to challange the entertainment industry to portray The Autism Spectrim Dissorders truithfully and honestly. My children are very intelegent, gifted, tallented. They also have social difficulties but mostly when encountering peers or mean people. They have extra sensitive bodies and emotions. They have gone through a lot! The puplic schol had been unhelpful to say the least. And they have just me. So, we have our difficult days and some days are easier. We all love eachother a lot and we know it. It helps make it all easier.

  38. May 30, 2010 at 7:36 am | #48

    This perfectly describes mt son! Thank you for writing and I will be sharing this to others to help them understand as well…

  39. Paula
    May 30, 2010 at 9:59 am | #49

    As a Mother of a son with autism, I agree that it can be so difficult. The lack of compassion that people have for my son makes me feel sorry for them. Thank you for giving people an inside track to how hard it can be but how amazing it is to have these children in our lives. I find that no one ever thinks how hard it is to live with being different.

  40. Jim Brezina
    May 30, 2010 at 11:01 am | #50

    Thank you… As the parent of an autistic child, this is the best thing I can say after reading this blog post. You have artfully expressed how I think and feel about my son on a daily basis. You’ve done a wonderful job writing this. Thank you!

  41. May 30, 2010 at 11:50 am | #51

    This is one of the greatest stories ever written on with child with asperberg’s syndrome, my son is 13 years old and it seems like you where explaining about him in full detail, this children are winderful very smart and do not need pity, but just acceptance in the world, i cried the the whole time iread your story !!!

  42. kathy
    May 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm | #52

    This was very touching. I know two little boys who have autism. One is the son of a co-worker and the other is in my 7 year old grand-daughters second grade class. They are both wonderful little boys. I am still trying to learn as much as I can about this topic.

  43. Vicki
    May 31, 2010 at 3:56 pm | #53

    This is absolutely so well written, brought rears to my eyes! I have a 4 year old (Caleb) that we recently found out has autism.

  44. May 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm | #54

    hey i think about Autism is that people with Autism is thatthey are creaed in this world for to teach other kids about what people feel like in life so they can help others with the knolage that they have left in them

    • Dawn
      June 5, 2010 at 1:42 am | #55

      Wyatt is the twin to Wesley who has Autism. Wyatt is the best brother God could have given Wes. Wyatt is an exceptional young man who understands Wes – thinks most of his sounds are words backwards – Wes loves to watch youtube videos backwards. I think they are both the most awesome kids in the world

  45. Kelle
    May 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm | #56

    Well put. I wish there were a way to put it all down on a card and pass it out when people stare, comment or give me that ‘look’ like I am a bad parent when my son has to touch all the tags showing prices in the store and I don’t ‘correct’ him. Or he crawls between the shelves at Lowes… they are getting used to him :)
    I bet if my son read this, he’d smile and say, .. hey they are just like me, aren’t we special! We agree with other posts I read… this is our normal and others are ‘weird’. My son uses his brain in a way that does astound me every day. He is such a gift.

  46. Mychealle Koetje
    May 31, 2010 at 11:40 pm | #58

    I am so proud to be a parent to a child with autism, my little boy is autistic and I once read a story that a lady said she doesnt have a down syndrom child, she has a child that has down syndrome, and I believe that with my son, I believe that I have a child who is autistic not an autistic child, he is my little boy first and I believe that I was blessed with this gift, he is amazing, smart and so gifted and I competely agree with this blog and it actually brought a tear to my eye when you read and know that is how people think of our children, that they are idiots or dumb, we need to educate the world we have special children and loved ones and no one should ever put them down, God blessed these special people with this amazing ability to handle things that normal people couldn’t and I think if we sat down and listened and learned from someone who is autistic than we would learn so much and understand their world

  47. Julie
    June 1, 2010 at 12:23 am | #59

    I CAME TO TEARS WHEN I READ THIS. I TRUELY THANK YOU FOR THE TIME YOU TOOK TO WRITE THIS FOR ALL THE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM INCLUDING MY SON. ITS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I CAN’T EXPRESS HOW IT SAYS IT ALL WHEN MANY TIMES ITS SO HARD TO EXPLAIN TO OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND.

  48. Angela
    June 1, 2010 at 6:15 am | #60

    This is so timely. My husband, 7 1/2 year old daughter who has autism, and I went for a weekend vacation at a complex with pools. My daughter still loves the toddler pool. However she’s so pensive about the bigger pools that she sits on each step getting in and holds the bars on either side. People stare as if searching for a physical deformity and when they see one beautifyl girl, they make up their minds that it’s poor parenting and redirect the stares to me. I know we don’t owe people any explanations, but I wish more folks could read your articulate and well written words.

  49. Greg
    June 1, 2010 at 6:57 am | #61

    Wow! That is a beautiful portrayal. It moved me deeply.

    Thank you

  50. Audrey Castillo
    June 1, 2010 at 9:28 am | #62

    Bravo. This says it all. I plan on saving this and sharing it also. My son is 10 and autistic. This is what I want the world to know about him and others like him. Thanks so much.

  51. sandra deleon
    June 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm | #63

    VERY WISE WORDS.This something everyone should read mostly if you don’t know of or understand what being autistic is all about.

  52. Regina Castellanos
    June 2, 2010 at 8:45 am | #64

    I am a teacher of Special Education. This is a beautiful depiction of what these children are, unique and treasures. I love working with my students as they have helped me to become a better human being. Thank you for sharing this…..

  53. TAMIKA
    June 3, 2010 at 11:36 am | #65

    MAGNIFICENT!!!!

  54. Tanya Bryan
    June 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm | #66

    You couldn’t have said it better! I have three boys with autism spectrum disorder and everyday I am amazed at the things I see.

  55. June 11, 2010 at 8:46 am | #67

    Thank You! You have beautifully expressed into words, what we live every single day of our lives. It brought both of us to tears. Every single person on this planet is a special human being, just waiting to have their gifts unlocked and shared. What you have written SHOULD be the voice of Autism around the world.

  56. Dori & Bruce Settlemyer
    June 11, 2010 at 11:26 am | #68

    Thank you for expressing what is felt by so many.

  57. Shirlene Rolle
    June 12, 2010 at 7:51 am | #69

    This is amazing and, “right on”. I will forward to all the church workers who help with my son. I plan to email this to my sisters;two of who are teachers and have limited understanding “what my son is all about”. No, he does not eat mat, or non-dried fruits. If the texture is not right, he will drop it.No, he does not like “loud” noises.That is why he will =cover his ear. This will be placed in all Pediatricians office.

    Shirlene Rolle, R.N, BSc, MSN
    mom-of-six-year old Autism “adorable” son
    Coordinator
    G.E.A.T.H.E.R Group
    Getting, Early Access to Health-care,Education & Resources
    Toccoa,GA, 30577

  58. Shirlene Rolle
    June 12, 2010 at 7:55 am | #70

    This is amazing and, “right on”. I will forward to all the church workers who help with my son. I plan to email this to my sisters;two of who are teachers and have limited understanding of “what my son is all about”. No, he does not eat meat, nor non-dried fruits. If the texture is not right, he will drop it.No, he does not like “loud” noises.That is why he will “cover his ear.” This will be placed in all Pediatricians office.

  59. myrna
    June 12, 2010 at 9:59 am | #71

    Thank you…

  60. Rachel
    June 14, 2010 at 4:42 am | #72

    Oh my gosh I love this. It really made me laugh (‘I smack back’) and cry. This is so exactly how my son is. He is almost 12 and has Aspergers Syndrome. He was only diagnosed less than a year ago but I’ve known for several years. He is so precious and wonderful.

    • Maggie
      June 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm | #73

      yes my son is autistic and i know he cant communicate very well and i tell him you better smack back. i dont smack my baby and nobody else better not either thats for sure!! plus it dont work with adults much less kids…

  61. glendalee
    June 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm | #74

    This is such touching story.My 3 yr. old just got diagnosed 3 weeks ago so now I just don’t know what to do in public places when she throws fits people look at us like”whats wrong with that kid is she retarded of what control her”…. but I guess that’s how ignorant people really are.. I LOVE MY DAUGHTER NOT MATTER WHAT!!!!

    • Katrena
      June 18, 2010 at 3:19 am | #75

      Glenda I’d like to tell you to never ever worry about what the other people think and certainly don’t let them dictate how you love or care for your daughter in public..after all they are ONLY neuro-typicals. A lot of the parents of children with autism don’t even like to use the world normal for people without autism because it implies that their kids are abnormal and need to be fixed. They need to be loved and understood yes but not fixed. My son is 8 this month and although you probably don’t want to hear this still has frequently what we call “meltdowns”. It can happen just walking in the door of a store for no known reason or it can happen if he doesn’t understand why I’m not giving in to his desires. (He thinks we don’t understand him because he only has 20-30 words and they aren’t very clear so if we don’t give in he gets frustrated more than throwing a fit) Our answer was to buy him some cute shirts about autism with faces on them to wear out in public on “bad” days which really helped quell the fire in most people’s eyes when they thought he was being a brat but what has helped the most in our case is two things. 1) we ended up getting him an autism service dog and one of the main jobs of the dog other than tethering so my son doesn’t wander away and get lost is to give “kisses” when we are having a meltdown. It calms my son immediately and usually leads to giggles from him and then we can go on our way and for some reason when people see the dog doing his job for my son it automatically makes everything ok in their eyes and the stares stop so my son isn’t made more nervous by their stares. 2) we discovered that in our case because my son also has mild Cerebral Palsy that the braces that he was wearing on his ankles and he loves DEARLY also wear him down faster and so on long shopping trips even at 8 years old he needs to sit more frequently and near the end of the day he is too worn out to walk so we ended up getting a special needs “stroller” that is actually a wheelchair but just looks like a big umbrella stroller. The store meltdowns have virtually stopped…that is unless he knows we have his stroller with us but don’t get it out of the car for him, in that case watch out because you won’t even make it to the store. :) All this to say love your daughter and ignore the neuro-typicals that are being ugly and take it upon yourself to EDUCATE those that are genuinely curious. Many people have no idea what autism is even as much as it is being diagnosed lately and if you tell them they will generally ask more questions..some personal some not so much and your pleasant and open sharing attitude about it will go a long way towards changing their thought processes and just maybe they will educate someone else. :) Ignorance can only be stopped by education. Have a blessed day.

    • Maggie
      June 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm | #76

      trust me I understand my son is 5 going to be 6 in August. it gets harder as he gets older because he is bigger and meltdowns are more dramatic but I know there not tantrums he is just emotionally overwhelmed and often dont even know why he is having a meltdown. when in public i learned to ignore eveyone else let him cry a little until i know i can approach him and i just hug him symphatize with him and tell him its okay and distract him by offering to go get his fav toy or candy or something that i know comforts him. i dont ask whats wrong because i know most of the time he dont know either and me asking makes him feel worse or more pressure for him to figure out why is crying or upset. i stay calm and dont show stress because that makes him worse. now with other people i make sure i always stand my ground usually when people are being ignorant i feel God gave him to me like this because he knew i was strong minded enough to protect him from situations that he cant help. it is upsetting and stressful and sometimes discouraging it makes me want to give up but i see my baby and think screw everyone else.

  62. Stacey
    June 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm | #77

    Very touching….

  63. megawati
    June 15, 2010 at 3:58 am | #78

    I’m in tears rite as i was reading this……………. i have son, 5 yr old, who has autism 2. he cant express himself like u do but his getting there i hope as hes expressing himself more now…………….. i feel for ur mum but all child w austism is my child 2………….. this is wat i learn from my son…. thank u for all the detail information, my child

  64. mariam
    June 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm | #79

    This pretty much sums it up….. All the characteristics of my son — really & truly!!!! to ta “T”

  65. Maggie
    June 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm | #80

    My baby has autism also and I hate how people don’t understand my child it makes me want to just stay home and not go out because I am so tired of dealing with other peoples ignorance, I have started emailing this to everyone that is or plan to be around my son in hopes they understrand…it is just awesome and appreciate you writing this..

  66. Ellen
    June 26, 2010 at 8:29 pm | #81

    I find it very disrespectful to those with autism for an article to be written by a parent as if it was the child talking and then given the title, “In Their Own Words – I Have Autism”. No, it isn’t. It’s not in the words of the person with autism. It’s in the words of a parent of a child with autism. And worse, after the title that incorrectly indicates it’s an essay by someone with autism, only after the essay does it indicate it’s written by a parent of a child with autism. That information should have been up front. Or better yet, don’t try to pretend you understand the autistic person’s perspective if you aren’t autistic.

  67. Taylor
    June 25, 2011 at 5:14 am | #82

    This is pretty accurate. It didn’t me to tears cause I knew this all along. I have an odd form of Autism that Einstein had. I would say Autism is the inability of the person to communicate their perceived reality to another human being. Therefor the Autistic person is deemed as retarded or unintelligent, because the recipient does not understand. It’s very frustrating when attempting to explain something to someone because the person will mistaken what I’m saying for something completely different! I can communicate to other Autistic people without so much trouble.

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