Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Very far away from you!
My cousin is severely autistic....he's so uncontrollable and detached that he had to go to a special home a few hours away from his real home where he gets some special education just for boys with autism....it's very sad because his family can only travel to see him on weekends, and he gets such little LOVE at his autism home....he's 14 and he literally looks like he's 7. He's barely growing, barely maturing at all.
But he's intelligent. Oh, he is. Everyone thinks he is stupid. They pity and coo over him. But things like puzzles are like competitions to him. He can finish a 1000 piece puzzle in an hour, just because he can. Everyone talks to him like, "Jaaaaaames? Can you choose what you would like for lunch?" and they hand him a book full of pictures....he can point to whatever he wants, but he doesn't talk, just makes random noises. But once MY family traveled up to CT so we could go visit James' family and go visit him in his home....my mom talked to him like a normal person and he responded perfectly well.
He knows when people are teasing him. He knows how to manipulate people to get what he wants.
KelliInTheRaw a youtuber says that "disabilities" like autism and ADHD and ADD are basically gifts....usually those people have such amazing psychic gifts they can blow you away....I absolutely agree. If I had any of those, of course I'd be angry at myself for having this, but in a way I'd feel blessed.
Best of luck to you all!
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