On an almost daily basis I think about my hopes and dreams for Cody and Nick. Not only the wishes I have for each of them individually, but also for their connection as brothers. I know it can be really difficult for Nick because Cody isn’t necessarily the big brother he needs or wants sometimes, but I hope that someday he’ll come to appreciate him for the many gifts he has to offer. Right now, though, Nick is sixteen years old and I can definitely recognize that things are tough enough when you’re a teenager without the added stress it can sometimes bring having a brother with autism, so I try not to be too hard on him. I know in my heart he is doing the best he can with what he’s been dealt and I also know that when it comes right down to it his number one priority is to protect his brother no matter what. I feel so privileged to be their mom and I look forward to watching their bond grow and deepen in the years to come. Seeing their relationship strengthen is actually my deepest wish and biggest hope, even more so than any I could have for myself and that is just one of the reasons I love this video so much. It was made by a young man named Spencer who wanted to share how amazing it can be to have a big brother with autism and I think it’s not only a wonderful tribute to his brother Mitchel and the unique bond they share, but also a really powerful way to let other kids like Nick know they are not alone. Even though it can be really tough to have a sibling with special needs, it can also be really amazing if you’re able to focus more on the positives and less on the challenges, which is what I wish for Nick and for all other brothers and sisters who might be struggling with something similar. I have a pretty good feeling that Spencer and Mitchel can help with that.
Having a Brother with Autism – What I Wish for Cody & Nick
November 18, 2014 · by · 26 Comments