The reality of Autism disorder goes much further than the stories you see on TV like James Durbin who sang on American Idol or the Andrew Jenks documentary about the twenty year old “high functioning” Autistic. Autism is not just a disorder but a lifestyle. What many people don’t see on TV are the sleepless nights, the horrific meltdowns in public or the constant struggle to keep them safe because they have no awareness of danger. Autism is called a “Spectrum” because there are many degrees of it from severe to high functioning & everything in-between. The extreme high functioning autistic are the ones you probably hear most about. The mid-range to severe are the ones you don’t hear too much about.
|My son Ryan|
What people don’t realize is that when you have a child with Autism you have to re-structure your life to accommodate the disorder and the changes that come with it. We have to live with MANY sleepless nights & behavioral issues because of other disorders attached to Autism like Sensory Processing Disorder (in our case Ryan has sensitivity to light & sound) which makes it a challenge to take him to public places.
|My Beautiful Children|
One in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. One in 88 is so scary! When Ryan was first diagnosed it was 1 in 150! I'm scared for our children and grandchildren. :( ~ Rachel Leyden
The book "My Name is Ryan and I Have Autism" by Rachel Leyden is available on
Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Editors' Note: We want to thank Rachel for giving us a glimpse inside the Autism world. Wishing Rachel and her family the very best. Much success with your book. We know the book will shed light on to those parents that are looking for some guidance with an autistic child. Bravo to you my beautiful friend!!!