Age: 5 years old
One Word to Describe Your Child: SPIRITED
Calendar Month: November 2013
Parent’s Comments: Gordy has taught me to have a sense of humor and that there is always room for laughter even in a busy day. Gordy is always clever and knows just what to say to make a room smile and laugh. And timing is everything to Gordy as he is so smart and able to read a situation, which he always make the best humor come out.
Through Tera’s Lens: Betcha didn’t think people with autism have a sense of humor huh? Maybe just a dry sense of humor? Some do. But I’ve met many kids who are silly and funny and can tell a joke just like any other kid. My own son is incredibly funny and belly laughs at funny situations all the time. He purposely does things that he knows will make me laugh especially with costumes or masks. Or mustaches are a big ha-ha around here.
Gordy is a perfect example of a child you might not suspect of having autism. Engaging, silly, bright, very verbal. So why the diagnosis then? I don’t know Gordy all that well to speak to his specific issues. If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met ONE person with autism. Everyone is different. But Gordy seems to be a lot like my son, so I can speak to that. My guy has issues with inflexibility. It’s hard for him to go with the flow of changes. He has trouble regulating his emotions so they tend to be extreme especially on the anger/frustration/boiling over point side. He’s learning though. When he was younger he had trouble with speech – input and output. But he’s grown out of that – although I don’t think he’ll ever be very good a people’s names. But that he might get from his parents.He has some sensory issues and a few other quirks but otherwise he’s a pretty typical 8 year old.
You just never know. There is no “look” to autism. There is no one checklist of issues. You can have some or all and in varying degrees. That’s why it’s a spectrum disorder. Best thing you can do if you want to understand better is ask! Ask their parent, how are they doing in school? What sorts of obstacles are they trying to overcome right now? And better yet… how are you doing with it all?
To read more about how the calendar came into being, read this post: Faces of Autism | Stories of Hope.