To My Son
By Anne MacLellan, October 1998
You are seen only as a problem that cannot be managed or fitted neatly into a narrow box. I see you as a young boy who doesn't always understand as you navigate through foreign seas. Graham, let me be your keel as I try to interpret for you as I try to understand. When no one feels you are important, I will insist your life has meaning. Although I can't always fathom your autism because I see the world through a different set of eyes, I will stand beside you as we face the empty ones who would deny your humanity.
Anne - mother of Elisabeth (11) & Graham (8) severe autism, developmental delay,
XYY male, severe sensory integrative dysfunction, nonverbal & AAC user
Our Kids Outreach/ living in Toronto, Canada
Visit my website: One's Mom's View of Autism/PDD at http://www3.sympatico.ca/anne.maclellan/index.html
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