Cullen (“CJ”) is autistic. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of a child’s life and influences that child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism affects every individual differently and to varying degrees of severity. It is characterized by repetitive behaviors, difficulties in social interaction, and difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication. There is no known single cause for autism. Current statistics released from the CDC last year state that an estimated 1 in 68 children (1 out of every 42 boys and 1 out of every 189 girls) are diagnosed with autism in the U.S
This diagnosis is a part of Cullen, but it doesn’t define him. In many ways, CJ is just a typical kid. He enjoys school (most of the time!) He likes to run, jump, and play. He likes video games and movies. He loves camping and swimming. Sometimes his little sister is his best friend and sometimes, well…. she’s not. He’s taught us a lot in his seven years.
Freely offer acceptance and patience.
Help others every chance you get. I hope CJ’s can help us do just that.