Reshaped by Autism

There are ways that the mayor analogy breaks down. At the first couple’s house, Martin took off his boots and crawled into their bed while I wasn’t looking. At other moments, he ran away from oncoming dogs…really small dogs. So he betrayed some of his odd tendencies. Overall, though, he was so friendly and eager to meet people. He broke down all the stereotypes of people on the spectrum.

With moments like these, it’s easy for people to meet Martin and have no idea that he’s got issues. That’s wonderful. But it’s also difficult. For instance, I was chatting with a colleague about a local private school. I told him that Martin couldn’t go there. He was really surprised. He couldn’t believe that the teachers there would have difficulty with Martin. “Well, he is autistic,” I said. Of course, my colleague knew this, but at the same time, there are many moments when Martin seems to blend in with everybody and who can blame him for forgetting that our family’s existence has been totally reshaped by autism.

Jen Graber
I blog because having a special needs child can be lonely. People don't want to pry. They focus on the positives. In this way, people are nice. But life with Martin includes very difficult moments. And I'm a little tired of keeping them within the family.
Jen Graber

Jen Graber

I blog because having a special needs child can be lonely. People don't want to pry. They focus on the positives. In this way, people are nice. But life with Martin includes very difficult moments. And I'm a little tired of keeping them within the family.

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  • June 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm
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    Wow. That’s amazing. I think it’s those moments that are the best to cling to.

    My son will wave and smile at people at the store sometimes and other times if anyone even looks at him he will yell at them and fling himself around in the basket seat. This really gives me some hope though, thank you for this post!

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