We are all abnormal in some way.
Which really makes us all totally normal.
The month of April is Autism Awareness month.
In our home we are aware, daily of the effects of Autism.
And yet, in our home, we forget that 'autism' is a frowned upon diagnosis.
We have been blessed with 4 gorgeous kids, each quirky in their own unique way. To some, more than one may be slip-sliding on the spectrum.
To others none of our children fit the 'autistic' profile.
To us, our kids are all 'normal', they are all we've known. There are differences, like in any family, but because these are our kids and we have been living and breathing the spectrum for all this time, often we forget it is not 'normal' for everyone'
Until our son sells his shoes at the pub.
or gives impromptu lectures at seaworld.
Until a 'friend' tells me he should be in a group home.
Until someone points out that our normal is not 'normal'.
Research shows that about 1 in 100 children, almost 230 000 Australians, have an Autism Spectrum Disorder and that it is more prevalent in boys than girls.
This year we are striving not only for awareness but also for acceptance. For all who slip'n'slide along the spectrum, and for the families and support people who are trying their very best to give their ASD person the best the world can offer.
Please join me this April as we open our hearts and minds in acceptance of all the blessings in our world.
Even the ones who now have no shoes.