The Gift

He had a traumatic and tragic birth history. He spent his first four years of life in two different orphanages.  He was diagnosed as being severely mentally delayed.  He was nonverbal and faced a life of institutionalization.

Flash forward 1 year and 10 months, a new home, a new family….

He is diagnosed with autism. It is found that he possesses a gift.

The gift is numbers–math.  He counts everything.  He can count a collection of hundreds with a single glance.  He can add, subtract, multiply and divide in his head and does so all day long with great joy.  His entire world is a puzzle of numbers.

He is five years old.

He is now being placed in a 4th grade level math class at school.  His verbal skills are at a 3-year-old level and his self-care skills are about the same level or below.

But his gift is amazing.

His story is still unfolding, and how lucky I am to be a part of it. He has taught me a lesson that I very well might have missed out on otherwise.

What would this world be like if we could all see past each others weaknesses and instead only focus on the many gifts around us?



5 thoughts on “The Gift

  1. Such GREAT advice! My younger son has low executive functioning, and Saturday night was the school Homecoming dance. He got a date, two dates, easily, early on, but didn’t know, or care to learn, what time the dance started, when it was going to end, what time his date was arriving at school, where the after party was, how he was getting from one to the other. He didn’t even know what month it was. He lives in the moment, which can be completely frustrating. However, he’s very talented in music, and social skills, so if I focus on his strengths, and not get upset too much about his weaknesses, we all get along much better. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story about your son. You all are blessed! – Kaye

  2. What a beautiful little star! I’m a mum of a 10 year old Autistic boy who’s got the communication level of a 2 – 3 year old, he absolutely loves counting, can’t add or subtract but he count obsessively. He’s also obsessed with songs, he hums them note perfect for hours at a time! Your intro to your son is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yeah, Big Brother (and family!) for finding your gift. What a triumph for all of you as you each had a part in this gift being found and a reality in Big Brother’s life. And thank you for the reminder to focus on the strengths. I have one child that can one day remember the alphabet and numbers, the next day doesn’t have a clue. Slowly we are making progress, but sometimes one wonders how long it will take. But oh my, can that child draw, sing, dance, and imagine the most wonderful, creative things. And bring such joy into our lives. Blessings on your week.

  4. How wonderful to share such a beautiful way of viewing the world with your readers 🙂 I am so grateful for your blog posts, thank you so much. GRADE 4 MATHS…Go Big Brother!

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