110 Parents Describe Their Children With Autism in One Word or Phrase

I am honored to know a lot of parents of children with autism. So I took over 100 of them recently and asked them to describe their children to me in one word or phrase. The results are very powerful:

  1. Fun
  2. Lovely
  3. Affectionate
  4. Courageous
  5. Strong
  6. Emotional
  7. Always smiling
  8. Helpful
  9. Marvelous
  10. Train lover
  11. Intelligent
  12. Awesome
  13. Horse lover
  14. Precious
  15. Great artist
  16. Sweet
  17. Energetic
  18. Gorgeous
  19. Mischievous
  20. Loves outdoors
  21. Beautiful
  22. Clever
  23. Loving
  24. Caring
  25. Cat lover
  26. Xbox addict
  27. Informative
  28. Routine lovers
  29. Toothbrush fascination
  30. Gentle
  31. Chatterbox
  32. Kind
  33. Light of my life
  34. Bus obsession
  35. Charming
  36. Giggly
  37. Anxious
  38. Quiet
  39. Dalmatian collector
  40. Harry Potter’s greatest fan
  41. Cheeky chub
  42. Dancer
  43. Mummy’s boy
  44. Fragile
  45. Joy
  46. Smart
  47. Special
  48. Animal lover
  49. Complex
  50. Cute
  51. Loud
  52. Thomas fan
  53. Little monkey
  54. Quirky
  55. Aspiring author
  56. Cheeky
  57. Amazing
  58. Best friends
  59. Funny
  60. Creative
  61. Bubbly
  62. My world
  63. Sunshine
  64. Handsome
  65. Simply the best
  66. Gifted performer
  67. Hard working
  68. Unique
  69. Jokestar
  70. Perfection
  71. One-armed woodworker
  72. Lively
  73. Determined
  74. Superhero lover
  75. History buff
  76. Incredible
  77. Talented
  78. Dinosaur loving
  79. Brave
  80. Wonderful
  81. Water baby
  82. Minion fan
  83. Teddy loving
  84. Figure obsession
  85. Blessing
  86. Brilliant sense of humor
  87. Inquisitive
  88. Excitable
  89. Calm
  90. My hero
  91. Loved to the stars and beyond
  92. Big-hearted
  93. YouTube lover
  94. Always on the go
  95. Texture seeker
  96. Endearing
  97. Adorable
  98. Bundle of energy
  99. Timid
  100. Extreme sense of fairness
  101. Carefree
  102. The reason I live
  103. Heart of gold
  104. Nothing gets in his way
  105. Talents outshine his difficulties
  106. Laid back
  107. Sensory
  108. Full of character
  109. Lego lover
  110. Little princess

What wonderful words! What fabulous families, proving everyday how perfect every child is regardless of any diagnosis. They have said it far better than I ever could!

See all of the responses in Miriam’s video, “More Than a Diagnosis.” 

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