I have typed, deleted, retyped, and debated everything I want to say.
April is Autism awareness month. On April 6th 2013 my daughter, Natalie was
diagnosed with mild to moderate Autism.
According to the Autism Society, “Autism is a complex developmental disability
that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability
to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors
and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.
There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.”
Our Natalie is considered non-verbal. She does speak, just not full
conversation yet. I say yet because we are hopeful and work with
her on a constant basis.
I would like to encourage everyone who reads this to look into different ways
that you can spread Autism awareness. There are many companies you can
donate to that offer resources to parents like myself who are completely
lost in the beginning.
So, for Autism Awareness month, I’d like to tell you some things about my
She is extremely musical. She sings just about every song she learns, and sings
them all day long. Even when she is angry she sings. Her voice sounds like
the sweetest little bird you could ever hear. She loves to hit the high notes!
She has learned to play several songs on the kindle piano and can also drum along
to most songs in perfect rhythm.
Natalie has an amazing sense of humor. She is quirky, funny, and the sweetest
little girl. She loves hugs, loves to wrestle with her daddy, loves being
tickled. She likes her toe nails painted. She is so smart.
I can only hope that when you read this, you realize she is just a little girl.
Autism isn’t all that she is. Not everything she does is because she is autistic.
Just like everything your “typical” child does is not because they are “normal”.
Here are a few photos of our Natalie. She doesn’t sit still for long, so it’s
not easy to get photos.
So again, I’d love if you could find a way to spread awareness. Look into your
community and see what you can do to help.
Leave a comment and let me know if you have been able to do something.
Thank you for reading this.