Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 2 - Page 11

“One positive result of living with a mother with sensory and cognitive difficulties is that my children have a great sense of humor!” age amongst young boys when they discover joke and riddle books. This means that I have had nearly a decade of practice in understanding humor! What’s invisible and smells like carrots? Bunny farts! Oh yes, little boy humor is amazing! As for me, I have begun giving myself little gifts. I eat my food the way I want to—in orderly patterns, one color at a time, and often with a spoon as I am still dyslexic. I wear clothing in unusual combinations. I carry fidgets like smooth stones or Silly Putty® in my pockets, and I am uncon- Do you have an informative story about what it is like to be YOU, an autistic person, that you would like to share? Send your 800 word or less first-person essay to zoomautism@gmail.com with “Zoom-IN” in the subject line for consideration. cerned about taking them out when they are needed. My greatest gift, though, is my life with my family. When I have a meltdown, they love me. When I wear weird clothing, they love me. When I cannot stand to be touched or hugged, they blow me kisses. When I do not get their jokes, they explain them and then actually repeat them so that I get to laugh along with them. They are my “anchors,” my examples of loving behavior that I can reflect back to others in my community. Because of them, after 54 years on planet Earth, I finally feel like it’s a safe place, like home. CarolAnn Edscorn has a BFA in performing arts and an MS in Public Policy Analysis with advanced graduate work in autism. She has been a keynote speaker and has created and implemented workshops for educators, paraprofessionals and parents. CarolAnn, who was diagnosed with autism in1995, resides with her husband and youngest son, having launched four older children, two of whom are on the spectrum; and travels with Shakespeare, her service dog, who she trained—mostly. Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 11