Challenges to Spectrum Success

A Poem to parents by: Maverick Crawford III

 Challenges to Spectrum Success

At Birth

  • A child is born into the world
  • Parents don’t expect what challenges a child could bring

The Challenges

  • Your child doesn’t make eye contact
  • Your child does not respond to their name
  • Your child does point or acknowledge you
  • Your child does not understand social or gestures to communicate
  • Your child does not make noise
  • Your child does not respond to being picked up or cuddled
  • Your child does not use facial expressions
  • Your child does not play with others
  • Your child does not share interest or enjoyment with others
  • Your child does not respond to or understand your emotions

  • Your child does not initiate babbling
  • Your child does not talk in spoken words
  • Your child may speak in an abnormal voice with an odd rhythm
  • Your child may repeat your question and not answer it
  • Your child may repeat the same thing verbatim
  • Your child may use the English language incorrectly
  • Your child may have difficulty communicating their needs, wants or desires
  • Your child may have problems understanding simple directions or questions
  • Your child may believe what you said literally
  • Your child may be sensitive to their five senses
  • Your child may have an abnormal posture or movement
  • Your child may follow a routine
  • Your child may not react to change
  • Your child has an unusual attachment to objects
  • Your child may be fascinated with certain objects, and watch them for long periods of time
  • Your child may repeat the same movements of their body
  • Your child may participate in self-injurious behavior
  • Your child may suffer bullying
  • Your child may suffer discrimination
  • Your child may suffer being ignored
  • Your child may feel rejected
  • Your child may feel unloved
  • Your child may feel depressed
  • Your child may feel lonely
  • Your child may feel like killing themselves
  • Your child may feel constantly monitored by adults
  • Your child may feel behind
  • Your child may be viewed as incompetent
  • Your child may be viewed as crazy
  • Your child may be told they will never graduate from high school,
  • Your child may be told they will never go to college, be married, have friend’s
  • Your child may be told they will never be married
  • Your child may be told they will never have a friend
  • Your child may be told they will never drive
  • Your child may be told they will never have a job
  • Your child may be told they will never live on their own
  • Your child may be told they will never manage or handle money, bills or adult responsibility
  • Your child may be told that they will learn things late in life
  • Your child may be told that they will be institutionalized
  • Your child may feel no one understands them

The Positives

  • Your child can recall dates, numbers, and facts
  • Your child is honest
  • Your child is an inspiration
  • Your child is a genius
  • Your child is an artist
  • Your child is a writer
  • Your child is a science wiz
  • Your child is a researcher
  • Your child has an outstanding memory
  • Your child has exceptional skills
  • Your child loves music
  • Your child is advanced
  • Your child is intelligent
  • Your child is a math magician
  • Your child is a loyal friend
  • Your child is independent (Maverick)
  • Your child has a love for animals
  • Your child is hardworking
  • Your child is a walking dictionary
  • Your child is a human calculator
  • Your child is awesome
  • Your child is amazing
  • Your child has a story
  • Your child is beautiful
  • Your child is lighting fast
  • Your child has a strong language ability
  • Your child is capable
  • Your child is a writer
  • Your child is smart
  • Your child touches the hearts of those who come in contact with them
  • Your child is a college student
  • Your child is a business owner
  • Your child has published a book
  • Your child has found a cure for a disease
  • Your child has an Associate’s degree
  • Your child has a Bachelor’s degree
  • Your child has a Master’s degree
  • Your child has a Doctoral degree
  • Your child has a Juris Doctorate (Law) Degree
  • Your child has a Medical degree
  • Your child is a lawyer
  • Your child is a doctor
  • Your child is on the front pages of every newspaper
  • Your child will be interviewed by many people
  • Your child has a story that will touch the hearts of many
  • Your child is on Television
  • Your child is asked for advice
  • Your child is a millionaire
  • Your child is a billionaire
  • Your child is a Mayor
  • Your child is a Judge
  • Your child is the next President of the United States
  • Your child gives back to their community
  • Your child is in the NFL
  • Your child is in the NBA
  • Your child will be a singer
  • Your child will be an actor
  • Your child will be a celebrity
  • Your child will be great parents
  • Your child will produce unconditional love
  • Your child is self-motivating
  • Your child will motivate others like them
  • Your child is very caring
  • Your child is passionate
  • Your child provides insightful wisdom
  • Your child is knowledgeable
  • Your child is a warrior
  • Your child is a law-abiding citizen
  • Your child is diamond in a ruff
  • Your child shines bright like a diamond
  • Your child makes everyone around them happy
  • Your child is a joy to be around
  • Your child is a honor roll student
  • Your child is a valedictorian
  • Your child is cum laude
  • Your child is magna cum laude
  • Your child is summa cum laude
  • Your child made the Dean’s list
  • Your child made the President’s lists
  • Your child is a politician
  • Your child will run for office
  • Your child never gave up
  • Your child always believed in themselves, when many did not
  • Your child took it day by day
  • Your child remains humble
  • Your child learns to forgive those who hurt them
  • Your child will impress you
  • Your child will amaze you
  • Your child will reach limits; no one will ever have thought possible
  • Your child will have an lasting impact in the world
  • Your child will make up rethink
  • Your child will prove your wrong
  • Your child is victorious
  • Your child is unstoppable
  • Your child is a force to be reckoned with
  • Your child has accomplished many things
  • Your child is a true champion
  • Your child is a leader
  • Your child has heart
  • Your child has desire
  • Your child is well respected
  • Your child is achieving the American dream
  • Your child is a homeowner
  • Your child is the executive member of a business or non-profit
  • Your child optimistic
  • Your child is confident
  • Your child will have all the desires they want
  • Your child will maintain their health
  • Your child will be the first of many great things
  • Your child will bring light to a dark day
  • Your child will bring a smile to the depress
  • Your child is a compliment/helper
  • Your child will help those in need
  • Your child will solve problems to issues
  • Your child will resolve conflict
  • Your child will spread kindness
  • Your child will invent a much need it item
  • Your child will surprise you
  • Your child goes above and beyond
  • Your child has firm beliefs
  • Your child is faithful
  • Your child is trustworthy
  • Your child is goal oriented
  • Your child will be there through the good times and bad
  • Your child will always be by your side when others have betrayed you
  • Your child will reach heights, break and set new records
  • Your child is an example of something noteworthy
  • Your child has overcome many obstacles
  • Your child deserves a standing ovation
  • Your child is special
  • Your child will always make everyone proud, including their parents
  • Your child is courageous
  • Your child will leave a legacy, that will live on forever
  • Your child will continue to bloom
  • Your child will and always be successful
  • The sky is the limit from your child, you must believe (the list goes on, new records will continue be set)

Do you know why?

Do you want to know why?

Do you want to know?

Are you ready to accept this news?

Are you ready to be a proud parent?

Are you ready to believe?

Drum roll, please

Countdown

3

2

1

The answer is …?

YOUR CHILD IS AN AUTISM EXTRAORDINAIRE

For those who have autism, stay strong, remain humble because you can get through anything. You will be the most significant inspiration the world. Be proud of who you are because of your unique and never let anyone tell you anything negative. Many may not understand, but a few like myself understand you and believes in you. You are in my prayers and if or your parents need a reason or a reminder of how remarkable and outstanding you are let me know. Believe in yourself, achieve your aspirations, walk in your passion and keep your eye on the goal.

  • YOU CAN DO IT ANYTHING; YOU HAVE THE ABILITY.
  • REMEMBER YOU’RE AN AUTISM EXTRAORDINAIRE
  • BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, WE ACCEPT YOU, WE UNDERSTAND YOU
  • WE ARE PROUD OF YOU
  • YOUR FUTURE IS VERY BRIGHT, YOU’RE THE BEST
  • ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU’RE AN AUTISM EXTRAORDINAIRE

Thank you for reading, please spread the word.

by: Maverick Crawford III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Allen

After an extensive career broadcast marketing, Jennifer and her husband searched for answers when their oldest son hit the kinder years with great difficultly. After finally learning that their oldest son had Aspergers Syndrome, she left her career in television and became a full time mother to both of her sons. Jennifer elicited the participation of her sons and together they produced several independent programs including a children’s animated series titled Ameriquest Kids (now distributed by Landmark Media) as well as her documentary and book titled, Coping to Excelling: Solutions for school-age children diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. The need for more information encouraged Jennifer to elicit a team of autism experts to provide weekly, original content to a website free to anyone seeking to live their best under the diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers Syndrome… appropriately titled: Aspergers101.com.

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