I’m a mother to three gorgeous children, one (my eldest) has a diagnosis of Aspergers
Little man (aka, A boy with Asperger’s)Me, ‘Mum’ (Claire Louise)As well, as documenting my journey through life with a child on the spectrum, while sharing content on autism, mental health, special educational needs and more, I will be writing about my life as a parent in general, posting extracts of my sometimes crazy and very random days as a mum of three. These articles could be based on anything from potty training to fun, or even disastrous days out.
Here you can read our story based on a family living with autism. You will discover the real me, the passion that I have within me, to raise awareness for autism spectrum conditions. You will quickly discover how it was my eldest child who is known as the ‘Little Man’ inspired me to write this blog, to reach out to others.
When I first heard them words, “Your son has a Aspergers syndrome, a form of autism”, I felt like my world had crumbled on top of me, I felt so alone.
I read everything I could read, I tried desperately to learn all there was to know! Once maybe twice, I convinced myself they had got it wrong!
Then It hit me! He was no different from the child he was a month ago (pre diagnosis), he was the same little boy, who still loved trains and buses! Only now we had a name for his difficuilties, we had reasons for challenges we had faced and would likely face again. Would I rather live not knowing? What good would this do? None at all.
You see, It was from this day on that I decided that I would no longer cry the tears of dispear, I would no longer ask god why! I was blessed to have this amazing quirky little guy in my life. Yes I was proud to be his mummy!
Of course it wasn’t all flowers and candy from here. We had battles brewing, ones I never dreamt I would undertake, but embracing my child’s aspergers and focusing on his many strengths helped me to see autism in a whole new light!
Our journey so far has been an incredible one. Since starting this blog things have changed in so many ways! Although things have been far from easy… I really wouldn’t wish for things to be any other way! Yes, …. That does include little man’s ‘autism’
My son is a bright child who has a fantastic mind. Although he can be challenging the good far outweighs the bad. My son has Asperger which is just one part of who he is. Aspergers don’t define him, it just adds to his awesomeness
Then there are the siblings… a little sister of eight (who is an amazingly beautful child with a heart so big its beat sounds like a drum!) Baby brother Harley, Aka, ‘Little H’ is just a tad over eighteen months… Little man dots on him, he truly adores him! Together they make up my beautiful three! I’m so proud of them, I could burst, at times you may find the post have no bearing to autism at all! Well, that’s because it doesn’t rule our life, and writing as a parent, I write about all three of my children (yes, the two without autism are just as important to me).
Now, I see it as my duty to my son and those like him, to make others look up and take note. Autism and Aspergers don’t have to be a bad thing. There are many wonderful reasons to embrace ASD. Yes, there will always be battles need fighting and a whole lot of work need doing but you will do them, adjust and learn… As together we are parents who love our children… That’s right… I’m proud to shout out loud so all can hear… I’m a mother to a boy with Aspergers and I don’t care!! Below Alice-saraHarley, (aka, ‘Little H’)