Mommy, Do I Have Autism?

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Here’s something important you should know. “If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism”

Here’s something important you should know.

“If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism”

Autism is a spectrum disorder, characterized by significant impairments in socialization, communication, and behavior.  Autism is a developmental disability, and it varies from person to person.

My husband and I had decided not to tell Tyler that he had Autism.  We didn’t want him to be able to use it as an excuse. 

We also believed that at 6 years old, he wouldn’t really be able to understand what it meant.  

Imagine my surprise, when a month ago, I hear this voice from the backseat of my car say “Mommy, do I have Autism?”  I hesitantly said “Yes, you do,”  silently wondering how fast I could pull the car over, and preparing myself for the millions of questions I was sure were going to follow. 

He asked me what Autism was, and I told him it was something that he had that made his brain work differently from other people’s, that there were some things he was really, really good at, and some things that he had to work extra hard at- harder than other kids his age. 

He replied “Okay” and went back to playing his DS game. 

That’s it….all these years we were agonizing over how we were going to tell him, what we were going to say….and it was undoubtedly one of the easiest things I have ever experienced with Autism. 

Go figure.