Thursday, July 7, 2016

Autism Awareness Month Post 4!

Today I am pretty much just going to give you a few pictures to give you a glimpse into what makes Atticus special. :) Atticus did not do pretend play hardly at all until his sister taught him when he was around 5. He then discovered at around 6 blocks/connects/shapes that he could use to build things, and started do more independent play which was awesome. In fact, it would be hard to stop him when he was in the middle of it. I also have a picture of him with pants half up for school and trying to finish a creation. :) His map is hung by his bed, with a world map also on his wall. He loves to be quizzed about them, and yes he has mastered the stack the states app. :) He also has checked out books from the library about space, the human body, animals and different elements. He knows more random facts then most adults I think! The pictures with the kids eating at subway represents our biggest struggle. Atticus can not stand chewing. (Or coughing) especially from Ariel, but also in general. If he is tired and hungry, and can cause intense burst of anger. Most kids like him need to eat protein every two hours to avoid these kinds of meltdowns. This has been key for us, and call it "magic" how much he can change after eating. Thanks everyone for reading these! I hope they can bring awareness, there are many different children out there who seem like they are just like everyone else but have hidden struggles that can make things much more stressful for them and their parents. You know, the whole "don't judge a book by its cover." :)

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