When a child is brought into the world, the parents are happy if they have 10 fingers and 10 toes. A healthy baby is one that brings a lot of joy to the family, but even a normal family can be a stressful situation.
Sometimes, something not being “normal” can turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you. This was seen in the case of a young child named Bronson Layton.
When he was two years old, he was diagnosed with a type of autism known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified. His parents didn’t let him know that he was autistic, but they knew that he had the diagnosis.
When Layton was 15 years old, he found paperwork that let him know he was diagnosed with autism as a child. He brought it up to his parents and found out that it was true. Although he was overcome at first, he came to appreciate it.
When Layton was 22 years old, he wrote a letter addressed to his younger self. It is a guide to help his former self through some of the obstacles that he came up against and was able to overcome. It showed how he was able to do well at school and graduated with honors and as class president.
You can learn more about Layton’s life in this video and the message he has for others who are diagnosed with autism:
Those who have heard about Layton’s letter to himself are applauding his efforts. He has inspired many who are also autistic, as well as provided encouragement to parents who have autistic children.Whizzco