My Autistic Son is Unique
Autism is not always a challenge
I think a lot of times, I get hung up on all the ways that my son has difficulty. I think that I need to think about the ways that he is above average, unique and wonderful.
Michael is absolutely amazing when it comes to academics. While his peers are learning Jolly Phonics and the sound a B makes, he is reading books and instructions for games on the Wii. When his peers are learning to write letters, he is writing words.
He is so smart, he surprises me every day. He is able to run the computer and I've even caught him starting to web surf (child safety password is now in place). Granted he looks for fans but you never know where a child could accidently land! I am so proud of him!
My son is amazing when it comes to music. He can hear a piece of music three or four times and be able to sing a harmony. He sings on pitch (unless he gets too excited). He can drum some simple beats. He is learning to play the trombone. He tries to play clarinet (have a lot of work to do on that one).
The one item that completely blows me away is his music writing. My husband being into writing music, has the Finale Printmusic program. It isn't the highest grade of finale but it works. He will hear a symphony and recreate it in Finale. Full scores! The first time I heard the program play the Wranitzky Cello Concerto w/ different parts, I honestly got teary. I don't know how he can hear all of the parts at once but he does.
Additionally, he writes his own tunes, using appropriate rests and rhythms. Most of the time they are short and simplistic but there are quite a few that I consider beautiful. Granted, I am his mother and am biased but I think he is a musical genius.