Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic disorder that we never even heard of until our son was born. FXS is the most common inherited form of intellectual impairment & the number one known single gene cause of autism. I'm here to raise awareneXs and blog our story.
The other day, Hayden brought a picture home from school:
He was showing it to me this evening & after telling him how much I loved it he surprisingly said, "You do?"
I am not sure if it's because he knows my favorite color is purple, but I said, "Yes, I love that blue!" Then I said, "What is it a picture of? Or is it just a painting?"
And he answered, "It's fishies." So I said, "I think you're right. I'll show you where the fishies are... I see them."
I realize this wouldn't go over well with some children, but this story is about my child. So, he watched as I took a marker to the page. By about the second fish I outlined, he started to point to where he saw more. Well, maybe... or possibly he was showing me where he wanted there to be more. But he was sure to tell me when I forgot to put a "tail" on one:
He was so excited to show Dad*, that I never actually finished tracing all the possible fish in his beautiful blue painting. But the interruption was well worth it to watch Hayden proudly walk our picture over to him. And I think it's positively incredible that Hayden has such an imagination, that he completely understood what I was doing.