I’ve been open enough on my blog and in my everyday conversations that people know that we have two children with autism. Our eldest Logan comes home for visits every Saturday, I go and pick him up. Today there was a miscommunication and so I went and met him at the library. Instead of making him miss one of his favourite places, we stayed at the library for a bit and I watched as our non verbal son, diagnosed with autism and global development delay conduct a search on google that would blow most people’s mind.
Logan started at the Google website. He searched out Legends of the Guardians of the Ga’Hoole. From there Logan proceeded very quickly through numerous pages of findings to find one specific video, only he wasn’t done there. He scrolled to the end of that video where the video that he was searching for was. He then fast forwarded that video to a specific spot, to the second, he watched 30 seconds of that video, and went back to the search page and scrolled through to page 25 of the google results to find the next video that he wanted to watch. Which was highlighted at the end of another specific video. This was literally done within one minute and a half, including the log on, the watching of the first video.
His labels or diagnosis, suggest that there isn’t much to his intelligence but watching him on the computer lends me to believe the exact opposite. He’s quite intelligent and his memory is remarkable. I’m always amazed by thing things that Logan can do. It’s made me look at labels as a means to get funding and help, but never as a way to explain WHO a person is.