The main thing about Autism that I have learned thus far is that, you just never know.
You never know "why" this happened to your child in the first place, or to yourself for that selfish matter.
Why there are so many different therapies for Autism, what they actually do, and if they are effective.
Sometimes it doesn't matter because to actually receive these services is an act of god.
You have to understand the paperwork, the process, the loopholes, the laws, and then have the time to be proactive about accessing all of these.
I want to share a glimpse into my boys journey, show you his beautiful soul, and how he decided to know who he is in all of this.
I cannot imagine being a part of this world without the gift of language. Language is different than communicating, and Autism alone taught me that. To have the ability to speak your mind when you want and how you want is invaluable...and at other times it is taken for granted.
However, to be able to communicate with others is on a whole different level. Sometimes you don't need words. Sometimes you just need to care enough to have the patience to listen in other ways. People are always singing some song in their life, it takes true love to be able to hear that song without words.
Kannon never had the luxury of speaking his mind, needs, or joys. He never chose to get frustrated over that though. He always found a way to find peace with himself and others.
Here he is a video of him singing "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella.
The words could not be more perfect for his soul. This boy who fought every day for words, for the gift of communicating, and there he was singing his heart out to a room full of strangers. This was his choice in how he knew who he was in his world. How he wanted to be seen, and heard.
Even if you don't have the words, your heart will sing a tune that others will hear if they try. Kannon once told me years ago after a very hard day of living with Autism, "Momma it's o.k you don't know my words...my heart loves your heart, they will hold hands forever"...
Oh Kannon, if only people knew how hard you worked for this moment they would just melt. You are a fighter, a survivor, and my hero. Thank you for showing everyone your hearts tune.
Autism is not ugly, it's very much misunderstood by society.
April is Autism Awareness month, please if even for a second know that people out there living with Autism fight so hard for everyday life. Despite this, they still get bullied, called names, and are left out of most social interactions...
If you would please pass the word about compassion.
Pass the word about Truth.
Autism needs all of this, and you just never know whose world you may make brighter by trying.