I am so excited about the positive feedback from everyone about my wonderful guest bloggers. Thank you for your kind words! This New Years Blog party is a huge success and I will definitely invite guest bloggers again!
Today’s guest is Tammy.
I met Tammy via EntreCard drops.
Tammy’s story in about autism.
According to the NIH, Autism (sometimes called “classical autism”) is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Other ASDs include Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females
Autism is something that we hear about and may have heard about someone dealing with. Here is a first hand account from Tammy about the struggle that a parent has.
Hi. I am Tammy. Here is my story.
My son is 9 years old. He is nonverbal and has been diagnosed with Autism. He is a sweet and gentle boy. We have had a lot of challenges to deal with and even more still to come.
My son is highly intelligent. He communicates by typing on a keypad or using a touchscreen computer. He has a quirky sense of humor.
My son has sensory issues with his fingers. Accomplishing tasks such as writing, dressing and bathing have been difficult for him because of this. He works really hard on these and is making tremendous progress.
There are many differences in children with autism. No too are alike. But there are some traits that are prevalent in each child. Communication difficulties, sensory issues, social skills are the three most common.
My son is constantly listening and watching everything that is going on around him. To others though, it appears that he is in his own world or ignoring him. He has sensitive hearing and has trouble filtering out environmental noises and focusing on one sound. He bores easily with tasks that he is asked to do at school. This is because most of the academic work is boring to him. He learns at a fast pace and hates repetition. He doesn’t comprehend why he should do academic work that he has learned and demonstrated once already.
My son also has other issues that we deal with on a daily basis that challenge everyone who works with him. It gets difficult and stressful, but my love for my son and his for me, makes it all worth while. When I watch him accomplish a difficult task for the first time, I feel so much pride and joy. The first time I saw him walk to me, the first time he put his socks on by himself, and the first time he put his shoes on all meant the world to me. My husband and I cherish the highs and support each other during the lows. We wouldn’t trade our son for anything.
Please visit Tammy to say “hello”.
Thank you Tammy!!!!!