What does my son think about during those times when he’s in his own little world? Is he lonely? Is he sad? Is he processing the events of the day? Or is he memorizing again – maybe pii to the 40th decimal or the names of all the American Presidents by state, by party and by hair color?
I know Connor’s thoughts are a private matter. I also realize what all parenting coaches advise, “Parents shouldn’t try to own their children’s pain; they should let them work it out on their own.” But that doesn’t seem fair since my son is only now getting to a point where he can talk about his feelings.
I just need to know that he’s isn’t unhappy. I used to worry about that day and night – far too much – but I couldn’t help myself. And then I read a book. A wonderful children’s book called In My Mind: Through the Eyes of Autism by Adonya Wong, and all of a sudden, I wasn’t quite as worried anymore. Because Adonya doesn’t know what’s going on in her son’s head, either, but she thinks his thoughts are good, happy and full of wonderful ideas. And I believe her.
In My Mind: The World through the Eyes of Autism by Adonya Wong
“In my mind, I see many colors, bright like a rainbow,
shooting about like comets in a night sky.”
Take a closer look. What do you see?
In My Mind explores the inner world of an autistic child –
the world that no one else can see.
From exciting adventures to silly games and conversations with friends, look closely
and see how a child with autism sees the world; and how the world sees him. http://throughtheeyesofautism.wordpress.com/