The Faces of Autism: Meet Grant
Meet Grant, a happy 6 year old boy diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This handsome guy was featured last year, you can read his story HERE.
Grant was diagnosed with Autism at almost 3 years old after his parents noticed his language had regressed, he wasn't making eye contact, and he seemed to be pulled back into his own world.
Grant is non-verbal so it is hard to know what he wants or needs. Over the past year Grant has learned to use an IPad with pictures to communicate, using it often. He has also started Kindergarten, which was difficult for his parents, not because he doesn't like school or being around others, but because they had a hard time making sure he was getting what he needed. One major obstacle for parent's of children that are non-verbal is there is no way to know, from the child's perspective, what is happening throughout the day when we are not by their side. It takes a lot of courage, faith, and strength to trust others to be in charge of your child's wellbeing and best interests when they cannot tell you if something happens.
From Grant's parents about having a child with Autism:
"I think it has humbled me alot, I now have a completely different understanding of kids/people with special needs. It's also taught me to appreciate the small things, what was important before seems to be small and silly.
Everyday is a struggle with new challenges but my "Mom" gut tells me that everything we are doing, and will continue to do, is going to make sure Grant has a happy and fulfilled life!"
When asked what he wants to say about having Autism, Grant said "I BIG hug!"
If you suspect your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, there are great supports in the community. One of my favorites is BisMan Autism Families on Facebook, the people there can help guide you in the right direction, through the process.
Feel free to share Grant's story to bring Autism Awareness and Acceptance!
HERE is some information on Autism and the different signs and issues associated with having Autism, also referred to co-morbid conditions.