When Harry and I started Small Steps Are Giant Leaps, I was trying to visualize how “Astronaut” Harrison was in his own little world. That’s how I described it back then. At pre-school, the playground, on a playdate with the local City Dads group, he was always fine playing on his own by his own rules or playing next to other kids and scripting rather than really communicating.
Three years into the project and we have another name for how Harry experiences his world: Autism.
In February, after a LONG process of appointments and evaluations, Harrison was diagnosed as being “on the Spectrum”. At this point this wasn’t a huge surprise to us. In fact, it was a relief because now we have access to resources and a playbook that can better help us communicate with Harry and help him communicate better with others and do more to help advocate for him.