Meet Everett, a smart 3 year old boy that was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old.
Some of the things Everett’s mom’s had noticed to prompt her to get him evaluated was he gave very limited eye contact and would get visually overstimulated. Everett also has a speech delay.
Everett loves music, spelling and letters, puzzles, and is a good dancer. He has great problem solving skills and memory and visual skills. Everett also really enjoys numbers, shapes, logos, cars, animals, script playing, and books. His favorites are Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Goodnight Moon.
Everett struggles to understand and use verbal language. He has some sensory sensitivities and anything that lights up can be very distracting to him.
Some of the highlights of raising a child with autism, according to Everett’s mom “You start to see things from a different perspective. Everett has taught me so much! You really learn to appreciate the little things. No milestone is too small.”
As well as some of the unique challenges “It’s a constant battle trying to keep Everett comfortable. He is definitely a sensory seeker! Getting him to sit down and complete a task is a struggle.”
If you would like to support a child with autism or their family, Everett’s mom suggests that you embrace their interests and use their strengths as learning tools. Get creative with it.
The advice Everett’s mom gives if your child recently received an autism diagnosis is to learn with your child and be patient.