Who can help my son? My son is ten years old. He is nonverbal. His is autistic. Who can help my son? He can not write. He needs hand over hand assistance to write letters and numbers? Who can help my son? He has a short attention span. He has difficulty following verbal instructions. Who can help my son?
He can dress himself. He is not able to bathe himself. Who can help my son? He has sensitive hearing. He doesn’t like his hands and fingers touched. Who can help my son? He is extremely intelligent and bores easily. He isn’t able to demonstrate his knowledge unless he is using hand over hand to access a communication device. Who can help my son?
He has OCD. He flips through books from back to front. He doesn’t play with toys. He wants what he wants, when he wants, and there is no reasoning with him or changing his mind. Who can help my son? He has a limited list of acceptable foods that he will eat. He can operate the tv, the remotes, and his radio, yet he can’t or won’t operate a gaming system. He wants to, but is determined that someone else does it and he watches. Who can help my son?
He rebels against being made to do new things. He fights against being made to work and attend to tasks. Yet, if he is being asked to do something he likes or gives him what he wants, he will do it. Ask him to get a food item out of the pantry to good his favorite meal, he’ll do it. Ask him to get a cup so that he can have a drink, he’ll do it. Ask him to get an item off of the table you need, because you need it, he won’t. Who can help my son?
Really, is it too much to ask? I want practical help. I want real assistance. I don’t want pie in the sky solutions from quacks that think that because a certain therapy has helped other children, it will help my son. I want a real evaluation from people that have years of experience working one on one with autistic children instead of an evaluation from doctors that only sees a child once. I want a real plan of continued therapy that won’t bankrupt me. Who can help my son?
Am I the only one? Let me here from other parents. Let our voices, our pleas, be heard.