Beautifully Different – Luke
A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs
Luke is Beautifully Different
Let me tell you about this amazing 8 year old boy! Luke has Autism, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory processing disorder, social integration disorder, and asthma. Also, Luke is one of the most engaging and enthusiastic boys I have ever met! He wears his heart on his sleeve, and will talk your ear off! He is amazing and he is Beautifully Different!
Luke was diagnosed with ADHD and sensory processing disorder at age 4, and the rest of his diagnosis’ were about a year and a half later.
According to Sutism Speaks, Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism affects 1 in 59 children.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Furthermore, according to The ADD Resource Center, 6.4 Million children between 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.
Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory processing (originally called “sensory integration dysfunction” or SID) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), exists when sensory signals are either not detected or don’t get organized into appropriate responses.
Asthma is a lung disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs. With asthma, the airways in your lungs are often swollen or inflamed. As a result, this makes them extra sensitive to things that you are exposed to in the environment every day, or asthma “triggers.” A trigger could be a cold or the weather, or things in the environment, such as dust, chemicals, smoke and pet dander.
A Day in the life of Luke
Luke’s day is a little different from that of a typical 4 year old boy. He has obsessions and won’t talk about anything but what he is . He has few friends that he is really close to because of poor social skills. Also, Luke goes to a special school where he takes karate as part of his curriculum! Additionally, he struggles with loud noises and doesn’t know how to react to certain situations. He doesn’t always show emotion like other kids.
Sweet. Playful. Talkative.
Luke is really a sweet and very kind little boy! He has an amazing bond with his Mom and his Dad, and they are such a great support system for him! Also, he is the type of person who see’s the positive side of life, very optimistic! Luke makes his family’s life colorful and he does that for other people as well! He can makes friends instantly with anyone! Above all, Luke loves people, and has an amazing zest for life!