By: Amy Dienta
Since Omar’s diagnosis, I’ve spent a lot of time researching, reading books, and browsing the web in order to learn about autism and the challenges it presents. I can see a lot of early signs in Omar now, whereas before I never thought anything about them.
Omar has this special way that he plays with cars, and I recently saw a boy his age do the same thing on an autism blog. Omar lines his car up in a particular way and if you move one, he knows. He is obsessed with cars and trucks, as they are his comfort objects.
In terms of speech, he always spoke very little. At three years old, he can hardly talk. He can’t ask for juice or tell me how his day was. Sometime it’s so frustrating figuring out what he needs. Sometimes pictures help him tell me what he wants, while other times he gets frustrated and just pouts and walks away.
Omar doesn’t like to play with other kids – he plays next to them. He doesn’t have any close kid friends.
Sensory and sleep issues also go with autism. Since he was born, Omar has had issues with sleeping. He has to have you with him and he rubs the neck of your shirt. He also randomly comes up and rubs the bottom of my shirt between his fingers.
He’s going to start ABA therapy soon and I hope this will help him a lot! He’s coming along with his speech, which makes me so happy!!