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Friday, February 22, 2013

I'm Not Waiting For My Son To Grow Out Of Autism

Last month the autism community was buzzing over that new study. You know, the one about kids eventually losing their autism diagnosis. For the most part, I try to ignore these kind of sensational new studies when they pop up in the news or in social media. But coworkers, friends and some family will ask, ”Did you hear about that new study?” I nod and smile and listen politely as they fill me in. But quite honestly, I am too tired to speculate what caused my son’s autism and I’m not interested in a cure for him. I’m not praying for him to recover. So my feelings on Norrin “growing out of autism” – I am pretty certain he will not. I mean, Norrin just turned seven and he’s a big kid – half my height and too heavy to carry. He was diagnosed when he was two. I am extremely proud of the progress he’s made and the milestones we’ve celebrated but Norrin’s a long way from being considered a “typical” kid. I believe autism will always be a part of him. And I am okay with that. I love and accept Norrin for the kid he is. Autism adds to his personality, it doesn’t diminish it. Not expecting Norrin to lose his diagnosis, doesn’t mean I’ve lost hope in him. I hope for a lot of things. I hope that Norrin will grow up to be happy and feel good about himself. I hope that he will grow up and know that he has the capacity to contribute to society. I hope that Norrin grows up knowing that he doesn’t need to be cured or fixed. I understand why these studies are conducted. But that doesn’t mean I have to give them any power over us. These years are too precious and the time passes too quickly. I don’t want to spend this time waiting for my son to “grow out” of anything. I want to spend my time enjoying him as he grows up. Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland. And don’t miss a post! Follow Lisa on Twitter and Facebook!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Lisa, I enjoyed your article today. I also, feel the same way about my daughter Alanis! My Daughter who has Autism is an inspiration to me, because she has taught me to be a better parent and to get to know her in so many ways. I have learned so much about Alanis Also, what an Autism Spectrum Disorder is through my daughter's daily routine and challenges with Autism. She's my life and my inspiration, my hope and a hero. I wouldn't want to change her personality, because I would be changing who my daughter really is as a person. She was also, diagnosed at the age of 2 and now she's 12 and a bright and beautiful young girl. We are so proud of her accomplishments that she continues to make each day. God Bless!

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