When my son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I looked everywhere for positive stories of life on the Spectrum. For stories of hope and possibility.
They were hard to find.
This is the story I was looking for.
In late 2007, when my son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it was really difficult to find positive stories of life on the Spectrum. Stories that told me things could be OK, or more than OK, for my son. Stories that gave us hope.
Everything I read focussed on the deficits, dysfunctions and challenges of people with ASDs. I didn’t recognise my son in any of it. I could also see that parents on social media sites were overwhelmed and felt enormous pressure to undertake highly intensive and expensive therapies for 40+ hours a week.
And yet before me stood a gentle, kind and creative little boy – full of abilities, but certainly challenged by many situations. So he withdrew from public life. To me it seems a clever coping strategy and completely rational.
This website contains the story of our journey to create a safe place for him, where he could develop in his own time and at his own rate. I hope it gives you a lift in your spirits (if you need one) and shows you what love, courage and hope can do for a family.