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December 10, 2012

My teenage son's journey to understanding his little brother's autism

Rowena Entwistle

Matthew is almost 9 years old. He is a very special boy with autism. Yesterday he said to me that he is my helper after I told him that he makes me very happy whenever I’m sad or feeling tired. He held my face and smiled the sweetest smile and told me, “Mummy, I am your helper. I make you happy.”

Those are special moments between Matthew and me that I will always cherish. There are also special moments that happen between Matthew and his siblings – Tim and Regina. But it’s more exasperation rather than times of inspiration that Matthew often shares with them, especially with Tim, his older brother. Tim is 13.

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