Hello! I am Lauren, a proud mom of two adorable kids, my son Wilson and his little sister Charlie. I am constantly learning from these two and love to share our adventures from the world of autism here with you.
I started this blog with the dream that it could be one small piece in helping to spread autism awareness around the world. At times it feels as though there is little I can control about my son’s autism, but there is plenty I can teach others about it. The more autism awareness, acceptance, and inclusion there is in this world, the easier it will be for my boy to navigate through it.
Why the Climb?
The mountains have always been my happy place. My family is my happy place. I see this autism journey relative to climbing a mountain. In the beginning, our goal was to reach the top, to get over this “thing” that was so incredibly frustrating for our boy. To put all of our struggles behind us.
It didn’t take long to realize that this autism life is more like climbing mountains.
The climb is hard. Sometimes grueling. There are peaks, and there are falls into deep valleys. But we are going to keep climbing, no matter what.
While the daily climb is hard, if you take a moment to look around, and celebrate even the baby steps, it really can be quite beautiful.
Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word can make a heart open
I might only have one match…
…But I can make an explosion
~ “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
**While I share a lot about Wilson’s goals and treatment, this is in no way to serve as medical advice for others and their children. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to autism. We are trying, progressing, sometimes failing and getting up to try again. #keepclimbing
About our little Climber!
Let’s talk about this boy’s amazing strengths and the beautiful qualities that make him Wilson. Wilson is unique. Not just compared to “typical” children, but compared to other children with ASD as well. At the beginning of this autism journey, my friend Brita shared a quote with me that I continually find myself returning to: “If you have met one person with autism, then you have met one person with autism.”
Wilson’s PERSEVERENCE is truly admirable. If he wants something, he is going to figure out a way to get it! This attribute can be a little challenging for us now, but I am sure it will serve him well later on in life. He is a PROBLEM SOLVER; if he can’t reach it, he’ll find something to climb on so he can. Even when he struggles to “find” his words, he continues to TRY until he can get his needs across. His MEMORY is incredible. This helps him excel with puzzles, numbers, songs and remembering where we hide things from him. While he tends to be very ENERGETIC, he can also FOCUS intensely on things that really interest him. He is great at building towers, helicopters, trucks and trains with either his magnetic tiles or Legos. He is CURIOUS. He LEARNS how things work, takes them apart, and puts them back together.
This kid is a MOVER! He loves to run, jump, bounce, spin, slide, climb, dance and swing. He loves being chased by his sister and his friends. He is EXCITED to go places and is usually running, not walking, to get there. He is a COLLECTOR and has mastered carrying multiple objects, toys, juice boxes and snacks all at one time. Wilson lights up when MUSIC plays; he loves songs and instruments and imitating new dance moves that his dad teaches him.
Wilson is GENTLE and SWEET. When he is very upset, even if I am the cause, he will usually take me up on my offer for a hug. He loves to be held tight and cuddled. He FORGIVES and he LOVES.
We could all learn so much from this incredible boy.