Raven is my son, and he is Autistic. I don’t talk or write about him often because he doesn’t like it, especially when I discuss his Autism. It’s not because he’s ashamed of it- he just doesn’t want to be treated differently. Today, Raven will have to excuse me because I am a proud mother.
Not only did Raven win first place last night In the Extemporaneous Public Speaking, but he’s going on to compete on the State level next. It is a shining accomplishment for a young man who spends many hours a day ” Ticking out” as he refers to his Tourette’s -like ticks. I am proud of him for still getting up there despite any fears he may have had. Raven has worked hard his entire life to learn and emulate social behaviors, and has proven to me time and time again that many aspects of Autism can be overcome with tireless therapy and mitigation techniques. I couldn’t be more proud in the man he is becoming, and I’m looking forward to cheering him on in his next competition at the state level.
To read Raven’s musings, follow his blog at http://www.ravenvinnie.com