April is Autism Awareness month. The following essay was written by my younger son, James, as a homework assignment. James chose the subject of Autism and used living with his brother, Joshua, as his life experience with the subject. Joshua was diagnosed with Aspergers, which is on the Autism Spectrum. There is no definitive cause for Autism. Just like puzzle pieces – each child/case is unique. Please join with me and my family at BlueGrace Logistics to continue to support Autism Awareness.
Life With Aspergers Syndrome (A.S.)
By James McCormick
People with A.S. have many challenges like understanding body language or sarcasm. My brother has A.S. and sometimes needs some help with knowing when someone is joking around. My dad likes to joke and my brother has to ask if he is serious or kidding around – he doesn’t understand. It is hard to tell if someone has A.S. It is not easily recognized. You either have to know someone real well or you have to be told that someone has A.S. A.S. affects all ages – children to adults of all ethnic backgrounds. Anybody can have A.S. People with Aspergers Syndrome look just like any other person. A.S. affects different people in different ways; however, most people with A.S. will have similar characteristics.
My brother wasn’t diagnosed until he was seven years old. Up to that time his teachers thought he was either naughty or had ADHD. Neither one of which was true. A.S. has to be diagnosed by a doctor. The doctor has to do different kinds of tests to diagnose. Most of the tests are just a bunch of questions that are asked to the person being diagnosed, parents, teachers, and caregivers. People with A.S. are good at math, computers, and in subjects that interest them. They also have excellent memories. However, people with A.S. struggle with social skills, word problems, and imaginary things. My brother is a straight A student, but he has a hard time knowing how to make friends.
Aspergers Syndrome is still a huge unknown, and it may never be fully understood. The easiest way to help someone with A.S. is to accept them the way they are. Try to understand the way they see the world and don’t try to change them.
– Michelle McCormick, Accounts Receivable