What goes on inside
the mind of a child
who does not speak?
I search for answers
locked behind his eyes—
Is he happy?
Is he lonely?
Does he know
how deeply he is loved?
I pray someday
he will find the words
to tell me—
My precious grandson—
who does not speak.
©Linda Kulp Trout
My grandson, Victor, is autistic. His verbal skills are mostly
limited to words and phrases. Communication is challenging, and sometimes
he becomes frustrated. He wants to be independent, but he needs
constant supervision in order to keep him safe. The world with its
sensory overload can be overwhelming and frightening for him.
But, autism is only part of who Victor is.
Like other little boys, he loves to run and play. He loves to dig in the
dirt and splash in water. He has a tender heart and a gentle way with animals.
His infectious laughter sends joy through my heart.
Even with all his struggles, Victor is a lucky little boy.
He was born to parents, my son and
daughter-in-law, who are devoted to him in every way.
They provide him with opportunities to learn
and gain independence.
They take him places and give him a wide
variety of experiences. Raising a child with autism can be emotionally and physically
exhausting, yet I’ve never heard a single complaint from either of them.
They accept and love Victor for the creative,
smart, and beautiful child he is.
You can read more about Victor here
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