Trying to explain Autism, Severe Autism, to someone who has never been around a special needs person, would be very difficult.
While Nicholas may be a 3 year old in some aspects – he is also a normal 12 year old in others. It is hard to find the words to explain how the 3 year old & 12 year old co-exist in the same body, but I assure you that they do.
Physically he looks like a 12 year old (or older)…, but also “mentally” he occassionaly shows that he is 12. It pops up at the most bizarre and unexpected times.
MY SON IS SMART
He is IN THERE! His mind is trapped in that body, THAT BODY that doesn’t work for him.
Here is a little story to show HOW SMART My Big Little Guy is:
Eighteen months ago, when the world was still normal…, we went on a family trip to Disneyland. My daughter, Macy, begged us to go to Disneyland as a family to celebrate her 6th birthday. It would have been easier (and cheaper) to leave her brothers at home – but she insisted we go AS A FAMILY. And so we did!
We battled freeway traffic for an hour before arriving at the Toy Story Parking Lot. After parking, we packed up our belongings, 3 kids and a stroller and made our way over to the shuttle bus pickup area.
The 10 minute shuttle ride was peaceful compared to the next 10 hours spent keeping kids happy, battling the crowds, kids tantrums and all the other Magical Moments that make for fun memories that last a lifetime. The Matterhorn experience will have it’s own blog.
AFTER 10 GLORIOUS HOURS SPENT AT THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH – WE HAD TO DO EVERYTHING IN REVERSE!
We exited the park, boarded the shuttle where I enjoyed my favorite ride all day – THE 10 MINUTES BACK TO THE PARKING LOT!
Then when we got off the shuttle, I immediately knew we were not at the closest drop-off. We weren’t too far, but we could have been dropped off closer. It was as we were packing the stroller and trying to grab onto little hands, that Nicholas started wondering off. He was headed in the right direction and so we let him lead the way.
WITHOUT ANY HESITATION – HE LED US STRAIGHT BACK TO OUR CAR
He has a sense of direction that I don’t understand. I never would have thought he was paying attention or knew where we were when we were unpacking our car to load the shuttle earlier in the day. I didn’t even remember – that’s why were dropped off at a further stop.
At some point over the last year, I realized that he also knows his way around town. He likes to drive me to places…, JK. I DRIVE & LET HIM DIRECT. He will point at each stop sign or traffic light where he wants to go. When I have let him direct me where to go, we often end up at Dollar Tree or In-N-Out.
He KNOWS SO MUCH, but like EVERYONE WITH AUTISM
HIS BODY FAILS HIM AND HE CANNOT COMMUNICATE WHAT HE KNOWS IN THE APPROPRIATE MANNER