The National Autism Association has this to say about Autism:
“Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.”
Wikipedia has this sentence in the Autism section:
“People with autism have social impairments and often lack the intuition about others that many people take for granted.”
This picture is how I would define Autism to someone who didn’t understand my son:
Jaylen drew this group of mushrooms to represent our family. Jaylen has learned how to communicate, not always the right way, and has just begun to show some empathy. He does not think, see, act, or react like we do. This is the closest we come to those happy family drawings kids do. He has to go around the touchy, feely, lovey route and end up at…well…mushrooms.
**Side note: Wikipedia has a lot to say on Autism. And if you are a parent, don’t go there. I was bawling my eyes out reading some of the number and statistics that are on there, some of which I know are not true. But they are still upsetting. I don’t need to hear yet again that my son will probably never have friends or live alone.**
And this picture is next to the definition. Who the hell has this many canned goods???
I just had to share that Jaylen had not had all his vaccines until just now. I do not think vaccines caused his Autism. He does not have regressive Autism, he was definitely born different; having classic Autism. But I did decide to delay some vaccines just because. I had to trust my mommy gut there.
But he had to have a few things in order to continue school, which made it a no brainer. And when the Dr. asked if we should just catch him up on another I said OK. It was hard for me. Very hard. But I rationalized that I have not heard any stories of kids regressing as late as 4. If you have, please let me know!
He did very well getting the shots and I watched him like crazy. I told myself that if he woke up the next day and could no longer talk I would never forgive myself. But so far, so good!