About Me

I am the proud mother of 6 children. 5 of our children have autism. We do not feel our world has ended, but just begun. We do not chelate, intervene biochemically, give shots of any kind, practice ABA, etc. We treat them as we treat any humanbeing. We treat them with kindness and respect and expect the same from them. They are exceptional children.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


My son, Little Patrick, was on the ToysRUs website today, trying to convince me that he needed to get 2 new wrestling figures...he is obsessed with the WWE and TNA. This little 8-year-old boy knows every wrestler ever...living or dead.
Patrick noticed a puzzle piece with Autism written over it..they are donating money to Autism for the month of April, I believe (I could be wrong, so don't hold me to that).
Patrick asked me why they have a puzzle piece for Autism...he said, "I am not a puzzle piece".
I asked him, "If you are not a puzzle piece, then what are you"?
Confidently he said, "DUH, I AM A BOY, A PERSON, YOU KNOW"!!!!!!

YEAH, I KNOW !!!!!


beau99 said...

Heh, that's cute.

Unfortunatley Toys R Us is donating to Autism Speaks, which really sucks.

Now if it were to the ASA, I wouldn't mind.

amy said...

Great answer! If only everyone else can see our kids as little boys and girls instead of kids suffering from autism. Sigh.

Best wishes!


Bonnie D. said...

Wow, what a smart little boy! At least he admits to having Autism. When I broached my on the subject, he said "I don't have Autatism (that's how he pronounces it)! Autatism is for babies!".....I'm with your son, and I hate the puzzle piece, what the heck are "neurotypical" children? What little inanimate object would the use to represent that whole group?

Judi said...

Smart boy! My Andrew said something similar to my friend's teenage son. Evan asked Andrew if he was a little monkey because he liked bananas so much. With a look of outright disgust Andrew said "Nooooooo Evan, I am a human beening!"

Anonymous said...

The puzzle piece (to my understanding) does not represent the kids (people) with autism, it represents the complexity and many facets of this condition. I think it's a very appropriate symbol. Anyone here ever puzzled by their child with autim?

S.L. said...

I love that!! Your son rocks. :)

We too had our own 'run-in' with that darned puzzle piece while checking out at toys r us. My older daughter was very confused as to why I didn't want to give money to "help autism" (and her sister, I assume). Here's why I wrote about it: http://stopthinkautism.blogspot.com/2008/03/would-i-like-to-help-autism.html