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World Autism Awareness Day

If you haven't heard yet, today is World Autism Awareness Day.

I want to tell you about how Autism plays a role in my family.  My son, Colton, has Autism.  He was officially diagnosed at the age of two.  He started school three days after turning three.  School has not always been easy for Colton.  Until about a year ago, he didn't speak at all.  He now is able to speak some words, but still relies heavily on sign language and his Galaxy Player with Sonoflex (a computerized PECS like program).  He does not like when they play a movie in school (scared of the unknown).  However, he reads on grade level, has a rockin' vocabulary, can spell like a champ, and can add/subtract and tell time with the best of them.  He also has a great sense of humor.

Colton at age 3.
Colton today.

Having a child with Autism definitely changes how you look at life.  I've learned to not take anything for granted.  Colton has taught me to slow down and enjoy life.  I am so proud of Colton and all he has accomplished!

I leave you with a little story and a video.  Right before Colton turned three, my husband and I went to Germany on a trip.  We were in a restaurant trying to read the signs and communicate with the person who worked there.  We pointed and tried everything to get the worker to understand what we wanted.  We finally put our order in, and my husband turns to me and said "Now I know how Colton feels."  That really hit home with me and my husband.  Colton always knew what he wanted, we just had to learn how to "listen."

This video is of Scott James.  He is singing a song called "Through My Eyes."  It talks about how a person with Autism might feel.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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