I Just Found Out My Son Has Superpowers...

By: Ashley Stephenson
By: Ashley Stephenson

A Blog about Autism - One little guy's journey...

I just found out my son has superpowers.

I always thought he was different… I just didn't know to what degree. You know, when you find out you're going to have a baby, all you want is for him to be "normal". You fear birth defects, premature birth…all sorts of nightmare scenarios. When my son came into the world, I was so happy he was born…well, normal.

Then I noticed amazing things. He taught himself the alphabet in sign language when he was two years old. He can memorize entire television shows…every word…even the music. He can see a weather report on TV and two hours later remember all the temperatures and towns in the forecast. He puts together complex puzzles with ease…far beyond his years. He has an amazing vocabulary…he just doesn't talk to you with it. He sees patterns in things that I don't recognize…until he shows me. How could this be?

Rocky has Asperger's Syndrome. He is Autistic.

There have been lots of famous people speculated to have Asperger's Syndrome. A quick Google later…here are some of the names I got: Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, Samuel Clements (Mark Twain), Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Beethoven, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Shakespeare…well, you get the idea. Compared to most people, you could say they had "superpowers". These amazing people were more "X-Men" than men.

Just like most superheroes, he will have his weaknesses. He will have a difficult time relating to others. His social skills will not develop like most kids. He prefers to play alone, and seems to be lost in a world of his own sometimes. He will not look at me when I call his name. There will be many other challenges yet to come. I would be lying if I told you I wasn't scared. I am. For Rocky, for his mother and me…for the future… I need to find out all I can. I need to hear from you. And I need to remember that he's the same beautiful little kid he always was…I just have to learn different ways to communicate with him.

When I left the house this morning, he was typing words on my computer….big ones. He's 3 years old. Amazing. Maybe you have a child that's autistic…maybe you have a family member, or friend, or spouse that has been through this journey. This Blog is for you. Tell your story. Introduce us to these amazing people. 1 in 150 kids born today will be diagnosed with some form of autism…most will be boys like Rocky. There's a lot of support out there for these kids and the problems they will face. There are also some amazing teachers that can help them hone and control the amazing abilities they have. I'm looking forward to meeting them.

I just hope Rocky can't fly. He's hard enough to keep up with as it is.

July 2008 - Ashley Stephenson

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  • by hyrulien Location: florida on Aug 24, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    Eventually your child rocky will be faced with a true decision such as I was when growing up with that same form of Autism. Which is whether or not to let go of there abilities to reach normality. I personally did, my parents guided me along with individual teachers who were real down to earth instructors. One in particular literally snapped me out of it by taking me to places and making a scrap book together ending it with a picture of her. But at the same time I lost the ability to see past certain things. -Good Luck friend-
  • by Julia Location: Sydney Australia on Mar 27, 2010 at 05:52 AM
    Around a month ago we found out our son has Autism. We knew it was a possibility but weren't quite ready to hear the actual words. At first scared now just seeing how amazing he is and learning about him everyday. Music is his thing. He absolutely loves it. Can mimic any tune and memorises most tv show songs. Its so cute. he plays our piano we have at home so carefully like he's listening to every vibration. He loves lights too and randomly laughs at things. I love that he can see and hear things we can't, and really gets a kick out of it. He's our beautiful boy and although its unpredictable i am really looking forward to seeing what the future has in store. Thanks for your words. I love the Superpower thing. Its funny because our son REMY is named after one of the X Men. It is the real name of Gambit. My husband came up with it of course. hehe.
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      by catiee on May 23, 2011 at 01:43 AM in reply to Julia
      what do you mean
  • by Allen Pittman Location: Washington on Nov 23, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    On May 5, 2003 our son, Jacob was diagnosed with severe Autism. At that time we were vere stressed because there was not anyone to provide information. There was no one to provide support. Since that time, Jacob is reading and memorizing maps and calanders. He has had wonderful teacher over the years to help him gain his full potential. We have been very blessed to meet other paernts of children with Autism. Life doesn't seem as bleek when there are people with simular situation to discuss your life with. On the 4th anniversary of Jacob's dianosis, The Beaufort Martin County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina was started. Jacob is such a joy and a blessing. For you see his superpower is the ability to touch lives and bring happiness to all that he meets. If you wish to contact us, please e-mail: all4ofus@suddenlink.net
  • by Dianna on Nov 1, 2008 at 05:13 AM
    I just found put that my son has super powers! His fingers start to disappear but i can still feel them! Can you plz reply I dont know how to stop it!
  • by Anonymous Location: MHC on Sep 9, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    My son has Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD - NOS) or otherwise known as Pervasive Autism. I think its great that you see your sons abilities, not his disabilities. I see my son in the same way. He is an amazing child. He has a capacity to love like no other, an uncommon trait in a child with his condition. He has an innocence that can't be marred or ruined. I would not change him if I could. So go on and keep loving Rocky and accept as the wonderful person he is and will be become.
  • by Ashley Stephenson Location: Washington on Aug 21, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    August Update: Rocky starts school the 26th. We have been through a great deal of evaluation this past month, and of all places...Beaufort County has a fantastic Pre-K program for autistic kids. These kids are given a set of goals the school hopes to have met with them by the end of the year. It's ambitious, but acheivable. We really aren't alone in this. These professionals lead the kids through a very regimented day, and work on the things each kid needs help with. Back in my day, all the "special needs" children were put into a classroom away from the other kids...and babysat. This program in Beaufort County works on skills like socialization, so the kids can hopefully move on and participate in regular school when they get old enough. They also encourage and help develop the "superpowers" these children have. The purpose of the Beaufort County program is not to teach the children to be "normal"...but to be "extraordinary". The teachers here...and the kids, truly are.
  • by Ty Location: Greenville on Jul 19, 2008 at 04:25 PM
    How touching...
  • by Friend Location: Washington on Jul 4, 2008 at 05:03 PM
    As parents of any kid we try to expose them to what they will need to be happy in life. For most those are the same things we as parents experienced. Rocky will need a different set of experiences in addition to many you as his parent benefited from. It is so encouraging to hear that you have accepted Rocky's unique needs at an early age before there is an attempt to force him into a mold that works for most but will not for him. Please do not become any more overprotective than you have to. Allow him to experience the bumps of life. He will ask you to help in his own unique way. Be ready with support but not fear. God bless.
  • by A friend from church Location: washington on Jul 3, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    Rocky is such a great kid! Can't wait to watch him grow up. When I loose my memory (which already comes and goes as it pleases), I will have to rent Rocky to help me!
  • by A Fan Location: Eastern Carolina on Jul 3, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    Rocky is lucky to have a Dad like you.
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