The Meaning of Inspiration & Motivation
In life, you will have that one extraordinary person that will inspire you the most throughout your life. In my life, my son has been my great inspiration. He is the reason I registered at St. Joseph's, and he is accountable for the compassionate, loving, optimistic and tolerant woman I am today.
It was a rough road for him at a young age. He had the signs and symptoms of a child on the Autism Spectrum. He had limited social skills that prevented him from interacting with anyone outside of his immediate family. He had speech/communication challenges that prevented him from communicating his wants or needs effectively until the age of six which led to behaviors. He has a repetitive disorder, meaning he will repeat all sounds and words he hears besides needing to have the same routine every day, or he would be agitated for the remainder of the day. He developed sensory issues that stopped him from eating particular foods because he did not like texture, and from wearing certain clothes because of the way the fabric felt against his skin. At the age of three, we received the diagnosis of Autism.
He is not inspiring because he has Autism. He is inspiring because he understands he is autistic, accepts that he is and works to remove the stigma attached to children with Autism. One of the challenges he faces day-to-day is his impulse control. He struggles with sitting still and focusing on the task at hand. When he would see me getting frustrated by his inability to sit still in a chair, he would say, "Mommy I want to sit still." He is now ten years old, with a strong support team and his desire to excel he has grown rapidly in a short period. To help himself, he came up with the idea to count to ten to bring himself down. He does not look for sympathy from anyone, nor does he want to be helped. He will sit and work on the same math problem until he has solved the math problem. He now can communicate effectively, causing...
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