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Friday, April 9, 2010

Bride's story

Chayton

I have a son named Chayton with asd, global developmental delays and food phobias and intolerances and he is 4 1/2 years old.

He loves Thomas the tank engine and anything that has a motor and wheels. He is brilliant with numbers and just loves to play car racing games on the computer or playstation.

He is really good at numbers - anything to do with them really!! He is adding and subtracting and can count to 100.

He struggles with social skills and gross motor skills. He also has not yet been toilet trained although we have been trying since he was 2. But we just keep trying in hope that he will understand it one day.

Sometimes I, as a parent, find it hard when people see him melting down and they stare and tell me to control my child!! It infuriates me because my other 3 kids are there and they are not behaving in that way, so it isn't my control - it is his control which he has no control over!!

I do struggle daily with Chayton with food as he has a lot of food intolerances but also suffers food phobias as well and currently he survives on chicken nuggets and chips, pizza, choc chip cookies and peanut butter toast. I just would like family friends and other people in society to have more tolerance and understanding for them as kids, but also for the parents as it takes a lot to raise our children - but we love them even more in a lot of ways as they are very special
.

But then I think about the special moments, like when Chayton first started talking at 3 and then when he first said I LOVE YOU MOMMY - that really made everything worth while! And just for him to run up to me and give me a big hug and say, "Are you happy at me mommy, cos i love you!"! It really just tugs at the heart strings and makes everything a lot brighter.

When Chayton started Prep this year was a big milestone for us and he is settling well and loves his teachers and the smile on his face when you pick him up in the afternoon is priceless!!


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1 comments:

Your Cheeky Monkey April 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

What a handsome little man! I also have a 4 1/2 year old and he is certainly not counting to 100 yet, you have a very special person there thank you for sharing your story, and the reminder for us all to have more tolerance and understanding xx

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