My son is 4, and he is highly functioning autistic. I was so incredibly proud of him the other day when I pulled out my guitar to play some Floyd and he said "guitar." Of course I made a big deal out of it. Today I was looking at guitars on the Fender site and right away, he pointed at a bad ass Les Paul and said "Guitar!" I was like, hell yeah baby! Thats an awesome guitar and he actually said "AWESOME GUITAR!"

I know this may not sound like a big deal to some of you who don't understand autism but at 3 years old my son had a 15 month speech level. I think these were the first two words he's put together. I really have to think it is because of his amazing new school teacher and the fact that he's been listening to 103 on the radio station all week, (hip hop)dancing and just rockin out in general. Its amazing how music can open pathways to the mind. 

I really didn't know what to expect from him because his dad had ADHD very bad as a child, his older half brother (not my son) had/has ADHD very bad and his grandfather (his dad's dad) displayed all the same signs he does of autism but of course back then they didnt know what autism was. His grandfather didnt put two words together until he was 5 or 6, but was very hands on, problem solving, mechanical type. He was also dyslexic and could hardly read or write in his adult years.

This gives me amazing hope, that my son can not only identify a guitar pick out the most awesome guitar there is. He also loves cars but only directs my attention to Mercedes or Mustangs


Then, today I was on the computer sending some pictures of him and his sister to his grandmother on his father's side when he saw a picture of me, pointed to it and said "Barbie."

He loves Barbies, and I think that's fine. He thinks they are pretty, so the fact that he called my picture Barbie was the greatest compliment I've ever received.

Sometimes in life people say horrible things about you but you have to consider the who and the why, not the what that matters. The 'man' I love most in my life thinks I'm wonderful and he thinks I'm beautiful and that's all that matters.

I love my son.

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Nov. 23, 2010 at 7:32 PM

thanks for the smile.. you are truly blessed to appreciate the BIG things in life that may be small to us. I love the hope and love you have for you son and  God is his awesome teacher who is watching over his every word and thought!!! May God continue to bless your family!!!!

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Nov. 23, 2010 at 7:43 PM

ahh the memories. I LOVE these kinds of stories. Reminds me of the journey i've been on since my son was diagnosed at 18 months. He's made such tremendous strides since then. Yours will too I have no doubt in my mind.

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Nov. 25, 2010 at 2:36 PM

that is awesome!!

I am proud of him and he isnt even "mine"...feel proud mama! doing an awesome job!

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