Kids with autism are using new ways to communicate, proving they want to break their silence and connect with others.
Autism is often cast in a tragic light in the media. And although it’s good to be open about the challenges our kids on the spectrum face, it’s much more productive to focus on stories of kids with ASD expressing themselves and using their voices to create change.
Recently, I ran across two stories that show exactly that, and I want to share them with you as a counterpoint to all the grim autism news that seems to fill our Facebook feeds. Read these stories and hope. Read them and let the tears of wonder run down your face. Read them and know that our kids desperately want to express themselves and that our energy is best spent finding ways to foster communication and connection.
Meet Mollie-Raine, a 7-year-old with autism from Ireland, who penned a friend wish-list that touched the world. In the list, pictured above, Molly wrote:
– anbrstands [understands] me
– nos I have atesm [knows I have autism]
– smiles all the time
– cees me comgin wen Im sad [sees me coming when I’m sad]”
I think we all would love these qualities in a friend, and Molly’s wish list speaks to how desperately she and other children on the spectrum want a connection with the world and people around them (which flies in the face of many theories about autism).
Author Jamie Pacton