A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Why I Wear Blue {Autism Awareness Day}

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Why I Wear Blue {Autism Awareness Day}



THIS is why I wear blue today, and fight for Autism Awareness each and every day!


Shaun was diagnosed with Autism at 2 years old. Through therapies and school...and a lot of love and support we have seen him learn and grow and become an amazing little man! At 5.5 years old, he has already worked harder than any child should ever have to!

Sometimes, he still struggles to communicate his wants and needs and that leads to meltdowns and even aggression, towards himself and others. He struggles to make friends and doesn't always understand what is socially appropriate. Potty training is not of any interest to him. Certain noises and lights freak him out- and odd things like churches or Pixar movies (except Toy Story 3)...Don't even dare mention Cars to him! He thrives on routine and doesn't like things that are not of the norm. Sometimes he feels the need to spin or jump or repeat phrases over and over and over again.

But, he is also funny and sweet. He is the SMARTEST kid I have ever known. He taught himself to read at just 2-2.5 years old. He can tell you who made just about any movie. He recently starting teaching himself math. His memory is astounding, down to the last tiny detail. His Lego creations are pretty amazing...his drawings and Thomas track creations too. He loves music. He knows how to work the iPad/iPhone better than Mommy! (And changed the background screen on every single iTouch in his principal's office!) He is truly the most amazing kid in the world, and I could not be more proud or blessed to have him call me Mommy.

Through his life, I know he will continue to face judgement and teasing and ignorance from people unwilling to accept anything or anyone who doesn't fit into society's view of what is 'normal'. So I will continue to fight for him- to fight so that he receives the love and understanding he deserves. Fight so that he may be seen as the amazing individual he truly is and not judged by the diagnosis he carries. Fight so that people will learn that children and adults with Autism are not to be made fun of, looked down upon, feared...to have them understand that they are different, not less.

Please join me this month, and every month in doing whatever you can to raise awareness for my son and others like him.

12 comments:

  1. Your sign is totally correct! Autistic kids have some amazing skills that their peers don't. I like that - "Different, not less."

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  2. I love the sign and like Jaime said, the saying couldn't be anymore true. I have had the privilage to work with a few Autistic children in our church and they are truely amazing. So smart, such loving children.

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  3. What a beautiful boy!! Love this post and the sign :)

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  4. Love that sign! And I love all the attention Autism has been receiving as of late! It is wonderful, and people need to be made aware!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your story. It is sad that people judge, especially children, without even knowing. Keep up the great work mom!

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  6. He sure sounds like an incredible little guy! And a perfect son to me :) You are one lucky momma and he is one lucky boy.

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  7. Thanks for sharing. My 12 year old is on the spectrum as well, and he is such a special, precocious fellow.

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  8. Thanks for sharing, he's a cutie! And you are an awesome mama!

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  9. You have an adorable kid. My nephew was also diagnosed with autism and he is also one of the smartest child I've seen. He may not be able to communicate well but he also taught himself to read at age 2+, he has a gift in music and can hum the tune of songs even if he heard it only once, he even startled us when we heard him singing mama mia and when we asked he said he heard it when we watched the movie which was about 4 months ago. People should not just be aware of autism but also spread acceptance.

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  10. What a cute little man! Thanks for sharing your story and I love the sign!

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  11. Wow this is so beautiful. SO glad you shared and thank you for linking up. You have a very handsome little man!

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  12. I stumbled on your blog today, and really enjoyed reading this post. Our friends' little boy is autistic but not vocal, and I'm always amazed at the range within the autism spectrum. I love your perspective on autism - it really is simply a difference.

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