How does one sum up Alex’s life in a few short paragraphs? I’m convinced it can't be done. All I can say is that he is a wonderful boy who is full of life. On the one hand he has been dealt with a lot of the issues autistic children face such as a lack of verbal skills, emotional outbursts, zero safety concerns, toileting, wandering, etc. On the other hand he can bring a smile to your face and brighten an entire room. He can enjoy just sitting outside listening to the birds and the wind in the trees, and spontaneously get the giggles where even the most unwilling person can't help but get the giggles with him. Walking down the hall at his school it always amazes me how many kids and teachers stop to say hi to him. He obviously has brought happiness into their lives as well.
Many people talk about how much therapy and teaching is involved with a child with autism. I would never downplay that, however, it amazes me just how much Alex has taught me. My little boy, through all of his disadvantages, has been an inspiration. He has taught me to never take even the smallest things in life for granted. Plus, he taught me how to make a mean peanut butter sandwich - his favorite.
Alex’s impact can even be seen in our community. In a large part because of Alex, our County now has a program for tracking lost/wandering children with autism, as well as adults with Alzheimer's. While we adults would like to take credit for this, it truly was Alex’s inspiration that made it possible. This is something that the entire County now benefits from.
At the end of the day, all I can say is that he is my wonderful, talented and inspiring boy. While we endeavor to help him with the challenges that autism has brought to his life I would not change anything about him, we love him for who he is.
Jeff, father of Alex
Stevens Point, WI