"Bacon" is an energetic 4 year old boy who was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 3 years old. He has an incredible thirst for knowledge! When he gets focused on a subject, he cannot get his fill of information on that subject and he loves to share what he has learned with others.
When "Bacon" was younger he was an early and advanced talker. His parents started noticing around the age of 2.5 years old that he was falling behind children his same age with language and communication. He had a large vocabulary, but was unable to answer simple questions or carry on an age appropriate conversation. The answers he did give to questions were often scripted from books, television, or from observing others and not authentic. During this time, "Bacon" also developed concerning behaviors such as meltdowns in any changes in his daily routine, having intense and destructive outbursts, and becoming a picky eater. He also rarely played with toys beyond books and puzzles.
"Bacon" is a very affectionate little boy as well as very protective of his little sister. He is full of energy, has an infectious laugh, and loves making people happy.
His parents say the most important thing they have learned from "Bacon" is that, although he may not be what they expected, his strengths are bigger than his shortcomings. Their role is to help him recognize his challenges and learn to self-regulate his body and emotions so his abilities can shine. Their goal in raising "Bacon" is the same as with their other children: to help him to become a happy, compassionate and independent person with his own sense of individuality. He may never be what others consider "normal", but that doesn't make him less. They are committed to making it acceptable to be a square peg in a world of round holes.