Awesome Big Brothers!

by Danette

I just have to brag a little bit about what Cuddlebug and Bearhug did this weekend. They are amazing big brothers and do such a great job helping to take care of Little Bitty.

Saturday morning, BH came into our bedroom looking for a tissue. He said LB had a runny nose, and he wanted to wipe his nose for him.

Later that day, CB told me he’d seen LB running around naked (because he likes to take his pull-ups off) so he went and found a clean pull-up and helped him put it on. He said we were still asleep, and he didn’t want to disturb us. What a sweetie! I was really impressed, because usually none of our guys have any problem waking us up if we’re asleep, no matter how minor the “emergency.” I told him I was really proud of him that he helped LB (and us!) by not letting him run around without a pull-up on.

I just thought that was really cool and wanted to share. After all, when someone is willing to wipe your boogies and help you into a clean pull-up, that is true love right there! LB is a lucky man to have such caring big brothers.

Of course, after I told BH how proud I was of him, he seized the opportunity to ask me if he could get any money for wiping LB’s nose (since he’s been on one of his “looking for extra chores he can do for money” kicks lately). I could tell from his face he didn’t really expect any but figured it was worth a try. I told him no, that’s something we do out of love, and after all I never got paid for wiping his and CB’s boogies when they were younger!

About the Author: Danette is the mother of three boys on the autism spectrum: Little Bitty, Bearhug, and Cuddlebug. Little Bitty has a diagnosis of moderate autism; Bearhug and Cuddlebug share a diagnosis of high-functioning autism. This piece originally appeared on her blog, Everyday Adventures, and is reprinted here by permission.


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  1. Beverly Sheppard says:

    Hi, I have a son who is about to be 16 and has HFA. He has always been sweet and loving. He never had behavior problems in school. He is very social (although just casual friends). He loves girls, school, and football. He has played football as a kicker for the last 3 years. He is very talented (has kicked 50-62-yard field goals) and we hope there is a way to continue his kicking career. He will only be receiving a certificate from HS so kicking is really all he has right now. He is well-loved by his peers (typical and non-typical). You can find a couple of videos of him on youtube when you search “Joel Sheppard”. He also had an article written up on him in our hometown newspaper. It filled almost half a page. Thanks for letting me brag on my son who has autism with lots of empathy.

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