Friday, April 1, 2011

Important Interruption About Autism

I interrupt the regularly scheduled post about my depression, self-pity, and selfish self-loathing to bring you a very important message about Autism. (I'm feeling a lot better today in case anyone is wondering.) 

April is Autism Awareness Month.

The face of Autism.
 Autumn is my 11 year old.  She has Autism.  I have awesome people in my life who love her for her, not her Autism.  Who "get" her, who understand Autism, and love her anyway.  I also have people in my life who do not "get" her, who do not understand Autism, and struggle to love her anyway.  This has been eating at me the last year but God is GOOD and He knows Autumn's future.

Autumn gets very excited every April.  She knows it's Autism Awareness month and LOVES to flaunt her stuff! 

It has been a struggle for her these past few months, especially in the self-regulation department.  Sensory issues continue to be a battle.  Just one example came up at dinner last night.  Two of the kids asked for Italian Ice for dessert. 

No big deal right?


Autumn can not tolerate the sound of the spoon scraping the ice.  She handled it like a champ though.  She turned to me, with her sad little face, eyebrows furrowed, and sunk her head into my chest.  Holding her ears we both got through "dessert".  In the past this would have been a huge meltdown.  Autumn is learning that you can't expect people to change their lives or routines for you, she has to adapt and sometimes it takes everything she's got. 

I love my daughter . . . who just happens to have Autism and she LOVES me!!!!

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