Having a teenager who is Autistic definitely has its challenges. Especially, with mood swings and the typical teenager tribulations. But, I must say, that even as soon as 3 years ago I have witnessed such an amazing awareness crop up in the community surrounding my son. He has been able to integrate within a normal classroom in junior high and even joined the Drama Club last year. I’ve always felt safe and secure in knowing that he is surrounded by kids who “get him” and accept all of his ticks and habits that strangers would find odd. One area that I have truly seen him blossom is at his bowling league. There are 3 teammates from his Junior High that are a part of the league as well and I truly believe that they have helped make the other kids aware of his condition and open them up to acceptance.
At the end of the league party the kids all got to pick a team that they wanted to be on and I was so impressed and proud that he decided to join the kids in his same age group instead of wanting to participate with the younger kids as he had in the past. The group of kids were extremely positive and they all exchange high fives whenever someone had a good frame. He has now been able to focus on his whole team’s accomplishments instead of just his individual and it has helped him enjoy the games so much more. Instead of hyper focusing on his own score or lack thereof, he is now rooting on his fellow teammates. As I always say, awareness is the key. Every year on April 2nd we join the World Awareness campaign and Light It Up Blue to continue to grow this awareness. We would truly appreciate any support you could show by simply wearing blue or changing a porch light for April 2nd to blue. There is still so much more awareness that can be achieved. The next time you meet someone who seems a bit off or quirky give thought before passing judgement. They could be on the spectrum and dealing with things beyond their control. We always say different not less because that is so true. My son is brilliant and has so much more to offer than just his quirkiness. Love and acceptance is just what every Autistic person deserves!
Sheri is our InfoStar Account Manager and we are all helping to support her son Ingram who is 14 years old. He has High-Functioning Autistic Disorder and was diagnosed when he was 4 years old. Join in our show of support by Lighting It Up Blue on April 2nd!