Today is World Autism Awareness Day! So, a "Happy WAAD" to all of my clients and my brother -- you guys have changed my life and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to have known each of you. You all have brought something different and unique into my life that I will forever be thankful for.
I am thankful for the patience that I have been given by the every day Autism experience my brother has given to me -- I may lose my shit sometimes and I may not have the best patience of all -- but Sammy has really taught me to take a deep breath and wait for those who need an extra minute to complete something or comprehend what is being said.
I wish the world would be more aware of the patience that is needed for those with special needs! When I am with my brother or clients, we will get comments from strangers about "how patient" we are -- although it is important; everyone should have this skill! Just because people don't understand doesn't mean that they are allowed to be impatient with people with Autism!
Autism from a sibling's point of view...
My name is Paige and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Towson University with a Psychology Bachelors Degree. I am now working towards my Master's in Education of Autism and other Pervasive Disorders at Johns Hopkins. I am also a Behavior Data Specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit. My younger brother, Sammy, is 19 and has Autism. He is completely non-verbal, unaware of safety, is not toilet trained, cannot get himself dressed, and has difficulty with everyday activities that we all take advantage of. He works harder every single day of his life than anyone I know and he always does it with a smile on his face. He is my true hero and inspiration and because of him, I have dedicated my life to advocating and creating opportunities for individuals with Autism. I hope that I can make him proud and this blog is just a small part of the awareness I hope I can create about Autism and support other siblings impacted by Autism. I love you Sammy - thank you for everything.