understanding autism

Two brothers embrace in a tight hug while on a walk outside

Before I Understood My Son’s Autism

“Back when it was just a word on a piece of paper slid across the table to us, I thought it was something placed upon my 3-year-old’s shoulders, weighing him down. I thought it was something we could fix. Or change. That there was a part of him that was not autistic. One we just had to find.”

‘We walked towards the line. John made a beeline for the door. ‘I’m here to help. Follow me!’ Tears filled my eyes.’: Mom ‘in tears’ after touching act of kindness for autistic son

“John is autistic and has a great love for animals. We thought it’d be a fun family outing to go to the Aquarium. It was a mad house. There were long lines, people everywhere. Overwhelmed, John made a beeline for the door. My heart broke. The stares stung. A man asked if I needed help. I explained we wouldn’t be staying due to the circumstances. He reached out to shake my hand. ‘My name is Chris and I’m here to help!’ He told me he had a ‘back way.’ My eyes filled with tears. In all our years, this was a first.”

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