Hi. My name is Tasha Kirksey, and this is my son, Rylan. He is currently 4 years old and the most amazing little guy, he has a smile that can light up a room! I knew something was "different" when he was 9 months old. I had a 4 year old daughter and I knew what milestones were supposed to be met and when. After finally BEGGING the doctor to give him the MCHAT (and him completely failing) He was diagnosed at 18 months with "severe low functioning autism".. He is non-verbal, we've never heard him say a word.
That doesn't stop him though. At 2 he was spelling elephant, xylophone and zucchini on his foam mat, which was around the time we found out he was Hyperlexic as well. April of 2014 he was on our local news (which spread worldwide) "Autistic boy uses floor mat to communicate."
Here in Tennessee, it isn't required for insurance companies to cover ANYTHING autism related. Our news story got the lawmakers stirring. We had indeed raised autism awareness here in Memphis, Tn. And it was AMAZING! He just turned 4 in June and he's now in SPED preschool (which he LOVES) and can now spell "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" without even stopping to think. He can write the Russian alphabet in 1 minute without even looking he sees something ONCE and it's in his brain forever. Amazing isn't it? He can add, subtract and multiply, I know he knows and understands at LEAST 2 languages and there is so so much more!! (He even teaches his 8 year old sister some things!) It hurts my heart that so many people think autism=dumb.. It's so not true and my little guy is proof of that. If we could just change ONE persons outlook on autism, my life work is complete.
I've dedicated my life to Rylan and the Autism movement. It's not a job, it's my life and my passion. He's my son and I promised the day I found out I was pregnant that I would do ANYTHING for him and I would love him unconditionally, no matter what. And that's a promise I intend to keep. Rylan has a Facebook page, specifically to document all the amazing things he does.