I figured with the last blog post I made I should introduce my younger brother. His name is Joseph. He is eight years old. My mom adopted him from a friend of mine that I went to high school with. She brought him home from the hospital two days after he was born. He was about 18 months when the doctor saw a concern with his development. After about a year of tests he was diagnosed with Autism. About the summer of last year he was also diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.
I love him so much. He is great. He is also very smart. He is non verbal, but didn’t use to be. At school he communicates with an iPad. At home we use a tiny bit of sign language, pictures, and when he pulls out food he wants, or gets dressed to go somewhere. He als hands us he did or tv remote to tell us he wants to watch something.
He loves bubbles. When he was younger he would want us to blow bubbles for him all the time. Now, with some help, he blows bubbles all the time. He also loves trains. If he could he’d watch YouTube videos of trains all day. His favorite color is green. We know because he had two identical blankets, one green, one blue. He preferred the green one over the blue one. He loves pillows and stuffed animals. He has a huge pile of both in his room. He used to bring them all into the living room while watching tv, then back into the bedroom to sleep.
I love this picture of us. I brought my phone upto take a picture with him. After a couple of photos he reached over and touched the round button on the screen to take a picture. He has never taken a picture himself of us together. Once in a while he will take a picture of I’m trying to get a picture, but most of the time just ignores me or pushes me away.