Weird, Wild and Wonderful
Laurence was born in Gloucester, England in 1989. His early development always seemed eccentric.
‘Nothing to worry about.’ The ‘experts’ always said, dismissing our queries.
He reached most of the usual milestones at the right times but in his own funny way.
However, his eccentricities evolved into despairing and destructive behaviours.
‘He might grow out of it’. The ‘experts’ said, whilst arranging yet another appointment.
So much valuable time wasted.
Health visitors, GP’s, psychologists and other experts were all guilty of negligence.
All the Autism research points to the fact that the earlier the intervention the better the prognosis.
None of our early years ‘experts’ even wanted to mention the ‘A’ word.
The economic downturn will force even more ‘experts’ to adopt a wait and see approach in order to stay within their dwindling budgets.
Solving the autism puzzle is left to the parents.
If we fail then our GP’s will readily dispense medication. If we still cannot cope then there is occasional respite and finally a residential placement.
All too often, parents start out knowing nothing about autism but we are abandoned to work it out for ourselves.
Like many parents, I learnt slowly.
So slowly that I now realize that my autistic son must have perceived me as having severe learning difficulties.
Today’s autistic adults are all too often drugged into a state of learned helplessness or are sheltering behind the impenetrable walls that they have built around themselves.
It does not have to end up this way.
With an education based around developing their abilities rather than focusing on disabilities and with the appropriate use of relevant therapies we can help create happy autistic adults embracing and enriching the world with their unique range of talents.
I can’t change my son’s early programming; he is what I have created.
‘Half baked’ often feels like an apt description.
The importance of early recognition and intervention cannot be emphasised enough.
But parents also need to understand the nature of their child’s autism if they are going to help them effectively.
Armed with the foreknowledge of my understanding and insights, I am confident that the next generation of programmers will progress autistic development to the next amazing level.
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These three month old babies were born on the same day.
Laurence grew so fast but he developed differently.
He never did learn to sit up, possibly because it was difficult to balance with such a big head.
He preferred to lie on his belly and push his head up with his hands, so he was an early crawler.
Left to his own devices he would quietly meditate playing with his fingers or he would scream for attention.
However he was always happy when we played with him. He loved any sort of physical interaction especially if it involved him getting up high.
He seemed a very happy and contented baby so long as we satisfied his need for constant attention.
But he was developing differently, he did things his way.
Mums know best.
My wife, Ana, sensed long before anybody else that something was wrong but she had no idea what we were dealing with.
Those days the odds of having an autistic child were 10,000-1.
Twenty years later the odds are now approximately 100-1.
Nowadays all new parents should be autism aware.