(video coming soon)
There are a lot of things Tosh can’t do, but he put this 60-piece jigsaw puzzle together for the first time in under five minutes.
When your child is under intense pressure to modify their behavior to fit society’s neurotypical expectations, it’s important to remember they also need positive reinforcement to celebrate their talents just like any other kid.
I don’t think Tosh has savant-level abilities, but he sure is good at assembling puzzles, Lego projects, IKEA furniture and packing his lunch box like he’s playing Tetris. Maybe he’ll get a scholarship to Cal Tech. Maybe he’ll get a job repairing lawnmowers. Like any kid, only time will tell how far he will go.
But if I focus only on the areas where he falls short, he won’t go far.
Heather Anderson is a natural health educator, writer, blissfully happy autism mom, fintech marketer and lover of life in Southern California.
Please join me on this autism journey. Let’s create a positive, supportive community in which we can learn, grow and prosper. Where the focus isn’t just on your autistic child, but on your own personal growth as well.