We wanted to share a short story for parents raising a child with autism who be able to relate. Whether their diagnosis is from the low functioning end of the ASD spectrum to the high-functioning Aspergers end. After all, we’re all in this together.
This spring we spent months in and out of Sick Kids Hospital with our son Junior. After noticing that he was losing weight, we turned to the incredible team at Sick Kids. They discovered that Junior had been suffering from digestive challenges and was in significant pain for nearly a year.
It was heartbreaking as a parent to not have known or been able to understand his suffering. But autism is a strange, curious and challenging puzzle – more prevalent than pediatric cancer, AIDS and diabetes combined.
1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism. This means that at least 1 in 68 families and parents have to manage the challenges of raising a child with autism. Staggeringly, that number is four times greater for boys than girls, with 1 in 42 diagnosed. The inability to express or communicate feelings is a tell tale symptom that you’re raising a child with autism. Sadly, our son Junior couldn’t share his pain until we started to physically see it for ourselves.