Ian is a visual learner. He walked when he was eight months old. When Ian was two he picked up his father’s cordless screw driver and unscrewed the steps from the back door. When he was four, his father took the blades off an old mower and added a broom handle to the gas pedal so Ian could drive his own mower. When he was ten, he spoke his first sentence. At nineteen he sent his first e-mail.
Ian loves G scale trains, zebras and schedules. He is a Dallas Cowboys fan although he has never watched a game. He is most happy when his life is predictable. He can’t always express his needs and desires verbally, but he manages to communicate in his own fashion.
Life with autism helps my family appreciate everyday accomplishments. We celebrate a complete sentence, going out of the house as a family or trying a new food. For every frustrating moment that a life with autism throws our way, the accomplishments bring our family a brighter moment of appreciation.
Barbara, mother of Ian