Trust me, It’s hard to stay positive

My mum and I were having a discussion about how incredibly happy and positive a lot of writers are about their autistic children and every little milestone they make. When searching about how I can help Chris better, most of the time I’m only able to find posts about children on the high-end of the spectrum. Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to see parent’s expressing their delight to improvements in their children’s behaviour!

Unfortunately, for those of us who care for low-functioning individuals it’s not quite the same story. As you can see from the photos on this site, Chris is extremely photogenic and it probably doesn’t express the reality of his personality. He’s gone and broken everything I got him for Christmas. I do not for once feel angry at him for it nor do I think he’s being ungrateful. It’s just what he does.

I have to admit, the happy/positive posts about Autism sicken me slightly, and I feel a sense of relief whenever I come across a post  about the real struggle with Autism. It helps knowing we’re not the only ones having to to deal with constant bad news and difficult behaviour that never seems to improve. So I found this video floating around the web about Bill Davis and his son named Chris.  Davis has published a book called Breaking Autism’s Barriers as told from a father’s point of view. Anyway, enjoy!




5 thoughts on “Trust me, It’s hard to stay positive

  1. Reblogged this on Teachezwell Blog and commented:
    I haven’t had a chance to explore all the links in this post, but what a precious story this blogger shares. Parenting or being a sibling of a low-functioning autistic kiddo can be daunting. I’ve known many folks who handle this so well, but even so, it seems all-consuming. .


  2. I have a son with autism. He is not high functioning. He is beautiful. sweet, funny and at times very challenging. I would not be the person I am now without my two beautiful children. A daughter who is neuro-typical and brilliant in my eyes, and a son, who is my love. If you had asked me 10-15 years ago whether I could be positive about having a son with autism, I would have answered this differently. But now…without hesitation I want it to be known that he is so loved, so appreciated, so valued and it is not just me. People love my son. He makes the world a better place through his innocence, cuteness, funniness and his beauty


  3. Yes, Bill..and the author of this Blog. I know about the struggles. The lack of sleep for all, his not eating, his self-harm….He has made progress….No ABA for us…He learns from others, from example and guidance. he is still learning. I am grateful for the help I have from care givers who became my closest friends. They kept me sane, and made me a better mother and a better person and a better professional. To all of you! Hugs!


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