Dear Clients

Dear Clients, Thank you for your business and support.

I write you today to bring you into my heart and life…

My son, Luke, has Autism. He is very high functioning; meaning he can walk and talk and appears “normal”. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s, an Autism Spectrum disorder, at age 4 so that means we have a better chance of “mainstreaming” him. (“Mainstreaming” is regular school without a shadow in the classroom. A “shadow” is a person who assists the child in the classroom).

This was not caused by immunizations or an allergy to gluten. Luke was born this way. Even as a first time mother, I sensed his frustrations as an infant. Basically everything is turned up ten times for him… sounds, smells, textures, skin irritations, routines, rigidity, wants and desires, hunger, exhaustion, the list goes on. I think you can equate his mind to an overwhelming amount of noise – a baby crying, over a car alarm sounding, over a teenager drumming off beat, all at the same time. This causes him a great deal of discomfort, anxiety and irritability. He is constantly functioning in sensory overload. I can only imagine that it is exhausting for him. The result of this difficult state is angry and sometimes physical outbursts, inappropriate behavior to siblings, family, and friends, temper tantrums that last for many hours, and other things that make a parent feel ashamed and alone.

You might be asking yourself why I’m sharing this with you today… It’s threefold.

  1. April was Autism awareness month, and you may have no knowledge of Autism outside of a brief news story, or Dustin Hoffman in “RainMan.” Autism Spectrum Disorders include Autism, Asperger’s, and Pervasive Development Disorder, and affect each individual differently.
  2. Your business affords me the care and therapy to help Luke get on a better path. I truly appreciate that.
  3. Most importantly-Try and give someone a break from judgment…..Especially from judging them based off of the behavior of their children. You simply may not know the whole situation.

I appreciate your time in reading this note. I hope you and your family are doing well. I hope to hear from you soon- whether personal or professionally, I am always one call away.

Fondly,
Shannon

Luke at the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans 10th Annual Walk for Autism.