"Who cares if he's autistic
Who ever said its bad to be autistic
He's just Mitchell
It will be good to have a cousin that's autistic, we are all different. It's good to be different."
That was how Mitchell's 12 year old cousin responded after questioning his mum over an overheard conversation.
He managed to sum up exactly how we feel and this is the attitude we want Mitchell to experience from others whether he is found to be on the autistic spectrum or not.
That's right, our 3-year-old has not been diagnosed yet and at present all we have is our suspicions, but the work done by the NAS and charities like them have raised the profile of autism to a level where we are able to work in partnership with Mitchell's nursery and already have resources available (both through the nursery and through our GP) to evaluate and support us and Mitchell pre diagnosis. We know that this has not always been the case and that children in the not too distant past have been branded as problems or as unteachable.
We are lucky that Mitchell has so far encountered only positive, pro-active people who primarily see our happy excitable cuddly boy and secondary to that is the 'can we do something to make his life easier?'
That is why I am running for the National Autistic Society and that is why I am asking for your support. In 2013 I ran a half marathon for the HCPT and we raised a fantastic £1307. This is double the distance.. I'll let you do the maths! For now though my target is just £1 more – maybe that can be your £1 or £5 or.....
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