Meet Bryson, a caring, compassionate and fun loving 8-year old boy. Bryson was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of 2.5 years old. His parents were determined to ensure their son would be able to embrace the special gift that he held, and be the best he was destined to be.
“From the moment our son was born, I knew there was something different about him. After his first birthday, I found the courage to tell my husband that we had to recognize the need to seek support for our Bryson. It was very difficult to speak aloud about his differences; he was not talking, did not eat, had a high pain tolerance and would throw a tantrum with the best of them. It was frustrating to not know how we could help our son communicate.”
Today, Bryson loves life! He is currently in grade 3, and is able to keep up with the curriculum. His teacher shared that they had recently read a story to the class about a child with autism. Bryson asked his teacher if he could share something with his peers…he proceeded to get up in front of the class to share that he has autism just like the boy in the story. Bryson understands that his differences make him special, which in turn has become his strength.
His family is a wonderful support system, and play a large role in his development. Bryson loves being around them, and is particularly close with his older sister and cousins, and they always make sure that he is protected. They are his security; he is reluctant to embark on anything without his team. Bryson enjoys soccer, baseball, robotics, swimming, and of course, playing video games with his cousins!
“It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and we are here to confirm that without this village, our son would not be able to succeed. Without the tools and strategies that we have put into place, we couldn’t provide our son the platform to flourish. He truly is our gift…Bryson leaves his footprint of kindness and loves every step of his life.”
Shermila Box, Bryson’s Mom
You’ll find Bryson’s family, AKA “For the Love of Bryson”, proudly participating in Autism Speaks Canada Walk, to help raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with autism.
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