Monday, June 8, 2009

Can you see it?

Sometimes, I swear you can see autism in pictures. I have to wonder. I just see... me, doing what I did. For your enjoyment, here's a smattering of the first few years. I wasn't a happy kid. Do you see cranky and spoiled, or do you see autism?

3 months

5 months

16 months

18 months

18 months (that's very typical)

22 months

2 years

3.5 years

4th birthday (yes, crying)
What do you see?


  1. I see a sweet adorable little girl who was sometimes overwhelmed.

  2. I see a beautiful little girl, not unlike my own, who was not at all spoiled, who was obviously well-loved, and, in spite of some hard moments, seems very happy.

  3. Lydia,
    I found you from Jess - I see a beautiful little girl who could see the angels.

  4. I see chubby, happy, deep and thoughtful!

  5. Dear Lydia,
    I wanted you to know that I found your post about frustration so helpful today at work. I teach in a little Montessori school in the UK and we have one Autistic child. I had just read the post linked from Diary of a Mom when i heard the little girl hooting at lunch. Bearing in mind I had just read how hard you find it to identify frusration, let alone act on it positively I ran in there, brought the little girl out and let her have her lunch in peace away from the noise I am convinced was causing a total overload.

    We looked at the pictures of you as a child which she loved and she became much calmer.

    Thank you for your insight into how frustration and overload affect you. Although my little friend may experience the differently from you it made me consider from her point of view why she was acting as she was.

    Thank you

  6. Hi Lydia,
    I see a kid. Sometimes you look a little introspective, so maybe that's what you see. I have an 8 (almost 9 year old) son with Asperger's. I look at him and just see a kid, too, so what do I know?? :-)
    Thank you for your blog. I love your insight. You remind me of my sweet amazing son.
    Cindy (

  7. Lydia, I agree with the others. The pictures of you look a lot like some of the pictures I have of my own daughter (5 next month and either high-functioning autism or Asperger's).

    I followed Jess' link over here and I'm so glad I did. I hope you keep writing and feel free to share yourself. You seem like a very intuitive and bright woman.