Having Autism or any special needs doesn’t mean the absence of personality or humor. All of his quirks - good and bad - are his and I love him.
The absence of language can seem like a major barrier and, in some ways, it can be. In most ways, though, it's not.
Autism spectrum or not, every kid wants to have fun. It just takes time figure out how to make that happen.
There's nothing more frustrating than telling someone about your child's special needs and being greeted with an immediate inquisition on potential things they think you could have done to cause them.
For many, my son having "special needs" means focusing on the things he can't do. It overshadows many of the powerful things he can.
One of the startling life changes for parents of children with Autism is the revolving door of professionals coming in and out of your living room.