When our son Franklin was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three, my husband and I were very concerned about the emotional needs of our five year old daughter Marina. We wanted to make sure that her needs were being met in the midst of the flurry of therapy, workshops, and support groups we were attending to support our son.
One day when the four of us were out at the supermarket, our son started to act strangely and talk in his gibberish to a couple in the market. After seeing the puzzled looks in their faces, our daughter promptly approached the couple, and said with a big smile on her face, “My brother is special. He’s artistic!”
At that moment, I felt the love and understanding in her heart for her brother, and I knew at that moment that everything was going to be OK.
Now, almost ten years later, our daughter Marina is growing into a beautiful, understanding young woman…and she loves and supports her brother now, just as much as she did when she was five years old.
* Stories From the Heart is an ongoing series of user contributed heart warming stories, that shine light on the Autism experience.