Benjo


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Benjo

My beautiful firstborn son Ben is without a doubt one of the most amazing human beings I have ever been lucky enough to know. He has easily the biggest heart of anyone you’ve ever met and is so quick to love and accept people into his special world. From when he was just a wee newborn, he has been so quick to smile, to laugh, to really embrace and enjoy life, and seeing him grow older and more aware has been a blessing in every sense of the world. He makes me look at the world differently, makes me really take pleasure in the little things, and seeing him fascinating by a bee flying by or the huge proud smile on his face when he nails a basket in basketball fills my heart with love and pride at the amazing human being he is.

Ben was diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum when he was around 2.5 years old, with his original diagnosis being the catch-all/mean-nothing “Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS),” which has since been added to with additional diagnoses for OCD and ADHD. He’s high functioning, and really his challenges can be boiled down to: (1) attention (or lack thereof), (2) challenges with social interaction and communication, and (3) impulse control (which means he can get upset, or giddy, very quickly & easily.) He’s been through the ringer as far as doctors, therapists, treatments, etc. and some have helped while others have proven ineffective. The quest for how to make Ben “himself” is on-going, but never do I use the word “cure” when talking about seeking help for Ben. There is nothing to “cure” – he does not have a disease. He is special and unique and wonderful and amazing, and all I want to do is find ways to help him be more his true self and not let his challenges overwhelm his beautiful personality.

Autism does not define Ben – we all have challenges in life, and ASD just happens to be one that Bennie has to deal with on a daily basis. He is a funny, intelligent, sensitive, playful little boy with a mischievous glint in his eye and a heart full of love. A father could not ask for anything more, or be any prouder.