So, it’s that month again. Every April you’re gonna get a little awareness from me, so let’s go. I thought this time I’d just describe our life with teen autism.
D is severely autistic. He cannot speak. His IQ tests at below 40, but he has comprehensive language, no expressive at all really. He’s also sixteen which adds a whole new aspect to the disorder.
He’s taken to sleeping all the time. He’s so sleepy, but we don’t think it’s part of the disorder. He’s growing up. There may be some regression of development which is concerning, but I won’t go into that in depth.
What do we do for fun? you ask.
It depends on the day. We’re trying this year to grow our own strawberries. The jury is out on those things. D loves grocery shopping because he loves food. Skinny as a rail, and never stops eating.
Mostly when he plays alone, it’s with hot wheels. The only toy he ever actually asks to receive. He stacks them by color spectrum. And, he loves to watch youtube videos of shows he knows in other languages. Oh, that we could all be so entertained by Japanese Strawberry Shortcake.
It’s not a death sentence
But, it is an epidemic. Autism is now present in about 1 percent of the entire world population. In the U.S. as of 2014, that was 1 in every 68 kids born. When we started our journey, it was 1 in 150. That was just in 2001.