I found another amazing article about autism! While I am struggling to write about our own journey it appears that autism is becoming more and more popular in society. YAY! Every time I open up Facebook I see another article or blog that is changing lives and perceptions.
Gordy, a nonspeaking, autistic teenager, wrote an incredibly, profound letter explaining autism….one letter at a time. See his letter below.
What touches me the most is how he talks about the reasons autistic people become aggressive. When Cooper is in severe pain (ears, constipation) he will lash out. He will start hitting himself and others. Like a flip of a switch this sweet, adorable, loving child will turn into someone else. Each time it’s been due to pain. Watching your child become violent is paralyzing. I often don’t know what to do. I’ve cried, hugged, scolded, ignored, etc. Gordy says this is an uncontrollable reaction triggered by fear. That is so amazing to read. Such insights coming from these children.
I read these articles and I believe, ever for just a second, that this is going to be okay. Nonspeaking is fine. We will find Cooper’s voice and someday, whether he is 5 or 25, he will communicate me and tell me his thoughts.
Here is Gordy’s full letter: