Tyler’s story: Autism has face, a smile, and loves pumpkins
Four-year-old Tyler of Delhi is about to steal your heart, so consider yourself warned. He is handsome, precocious, vibrant and he has autism. He has a doting older sister and pretty cool older brother, complete with a family built by a mother and father who know no boundaries in their love.
That is about all I am going to write, instead…I am going to paste what Tyler’s older sister wrote to me to be a family featured on my site and create more awareness for autism. Every four months, we feature a special needs family not to showcase, but to inform, to learn, to fall in love 🙂
Abigail wrote: – When I was 12, and I was finally learning how to handle having Crohn’s disease, while juggling school and life in general. Then we get the call from Social Services, they had a 3 week old baby that they wanted us to foster. My Mom went and picked Tyler up, he came with three diapers, one bottle, and a stained white onesie. Tyler was with us in foster care until he was a year and half old. Having Tyler in my life helped me realize that life isn’t fair for people, that I wasn’t the only one. Why had this baby been thrown into a situation which he had no control over? Tyler was diagnosed with autism in 2011. He recently turned 4 years old, and he can even talk with quite the extensive vocab! He has sensory issues, so he hates wearing clothes, and he can’t stand to be touched by certain objects, etc. Tyler is a gift to this world, he’s the biggest joy to be around. Sometimes people will look at us in the grocery store, when Tyler has to do something (or when he hits himself because he gets angry). He will say “Mom, somethings smelly.” They don’t understand the traits of autism, that he’s mad that he can’t get his point across, and thinks its his fault, so he tries to hurt himself. He doesn’t get that his words could offend someone, to him, it’s just the truth. Tyler doesn’t lie. Tyler gets therapy, PT, OT, and Speech. He is going to preschool for one more year, and then will start the journey of school. I just read an article about autistic kids being more susceptible to bullying…I guess that means my family just has to be there for our sweet little boy, who doesn’t know that there are bad things in this world, even after the life he was thrown into.
Meet Tyler :
and Tyler’s amazing family.