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.

The amazing parents…

5 thoughts on “Tyler’s story: Autism has face, a smile, and loves pumpkins

  1. This is a beautiful story. This is what life is all about. Thank god for people like this loving couple who can change the life of a child whom needs a loving family to support him. This shows you that love is all you need…

  2. this little boy has not only made a huge inpact on his family at home . he has also had a inpact on the rest of the family. our laurie and thomas kennedy,megan thomas jr family first met him at our brother in law chris’s wedding he just made us melt. my daughter fell in love him right away she loves working with children and has worked with children with autism and knows how hard it is for children to deal with certain things.over the years we have seen him grow into the loving kind little boy that we love so much.

  3. I HAVE THE FORTUNE OF BEING ABGAIL, ETHAN AND TYLER’S GRANDMOTHER, AND MY DAUGHTER IS THE LOVING MOM ALONG IWTH MY SON-IN-LAW DANIEL IS DAD. THEY ARE AN INSPIRATION TO THE REST OF THE FAMILY AND FOR ANYONE WHO IS DEALING WITH THE MUTLIPLE HEALTH ISSUES THAT THESE KIDS AND FAMILY FACE ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS. I LOVE THEM ALL VERY MUCH AND AM SO PROUD OF THEM. I LOVE YOU ALL, GRANDMA DARLENE.

  4. I fell in love with Tyler with the first picture and his sister with her letter. Then I realized it takes a special mom and dad and WHOLE family to make this work so well. God bless you all for your unconditional love. PS….super pics!!!

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