4/22/09

Wordless Wednesday: Autism and Ryan


Wordless Wednesday! Such a great time for bloggers to post pictures instead of words. Today I'm posting both.

The little boy in the picture is Ryan, one of my nephews. He is wordless everyday. He has autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month.














Ryan has difficulty expressing his wants, needs, feelings, desires and such. Sometimes, like most children with autism, he hits. This shot shows a bruise on my arm after one of his episodes.










Ryan is now 8 and is involved in intensive therapy. His mom - my sister Lorri - works fulltime with Autism Speaks.



For bloggers, it's fun and exciting to be wordless on Wednesdays. Being wordless can't be fun for Ryan.










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Autism artwork: www.designbycher.com/autism_art.htm

19 comments:

Anya said...

Thanks for sharing your family pictures :))
Happy WW !!

barb said...

Oh my, Ryan is one handsome little fella!

I have a 9-year old nephew who is Autistic. Actually that is his secondary diagnosis, PDD/NOS. His primary diagnosis is brain injury. Fortunately, Tommy is high-functioning. He can speak. Also, after finally finding the right school placement last year, he is just learning to read. Yesterday, he blew his neurologist away by reading a short sentence for him!

My sister's best friend is more like your grandson. He's 10 and is completely non-verbal> He is prone to violent outbursts. He nearly bit 2 of his mothers fingers off about 2 years ago.

cheekfam said...

Some wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us. I thought you might be interested in my picture for today.

http://cheekfam.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/wordless-wednesday-x-marks-the-spot/

Chatty Crone said...

Ever heard of SPD? My grandson has the sensory part of it.

bookbabie said...

Wonderful post, my nephew also has autism and it is such a heartbreaking, complicated syndrome to deal with.

Marianna said...

Ryan is such a handsome little guy. Thank you for sharing his story!!

SandyCarlson said...

What a sweet looking child. He is blesesed with a loving family.

Sandee said...

He's a handsome little guy if you ask me. Well, you already know that.

Have a terrific day. :)

Phoenix said...

What an awesome post and I have to say Ryan is one handsome little guy! Helping to bring awareness to Autism is a wonderful thing. I hope you have an awesome day! :)

Sara Bonds said...

Great post. I just reviewed a book about Autism. I didn't know much about it until then. They are handsome boys. Lovely post.

Happy WW from Sara @ Mostly Wordless Wednesday HQ!

jams o donnell said...

What a sweet little fellow. Happy WW!

Cindy OFarrell said...

I love your photos of Ryan:) Good choice!! Believe it or not I've worked with AUTISTIC children for the past 13 years--and those were the best times for me. Ryan looks like a great kid!!
Thanks for stopping by my WW post too!
Aloha,
Cindy

bassackwards mom said...

What a great WW! Ryan looks like an amazing young boy!!! I bet that he has alot to share with the world in his own way!!

-• Misty Sparks •- said...

How adorable is he! Great photos and he looks like a very sweet little boy. There was a boy a few years younger than me who rode my bus in high school. He was so cute and always had a smile on his face :)

Nightowl Mama said...

he's a cutie pie

LivingforGod said...

Ryan is such a cutie. I hope and pray that the therapy will help him tremendously.

Thank you for visiting my photo blog.

Stan said...

It is good there are people like you to speak up for those who can't.

Mystery Man said...

Great post. My little brother is autistic. He's been in therapy and special schools for it sicn he reachedschool age. It has worked wonders,but he will be graduating "high school" this year. Not sure what happens (might want to ask my parents about that). Hope this little guy can get the same kind of help

lonestar said...

He's adorable, thanks for sharing your link on my autism awareness post! All the best to you and your family.

 
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