- Posted April 2, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life with autism: Share your story
- ssesha, CNN iReport producer
Hi. I am Fawad. This is my daughter Sharia. She is 5 years old and she has Autism
If I have to list all the things that make Sharia unique, I may have to write a book but if I have to highlight only one aspect – it will be her amazing passion for puzzles.
When Sharia was just a toddler, she would never show interest in any of the toys we bought for her. She was reclusive and spent a lot of time walking alone.
However once we discovered her interest in puzzles, everything changed.
Now she likes nothing better than doing puzzles.
Whenever we take her to a toy store, she goes straight to the puzzle section and gets as many puzzles as she can carry.
Despite numerous challenges that we face every day, there are certain unique aspects of her personality that make it all worthwhile. For instance, her lack of communication has made her a physically demonstrative child.
Whether she is showing her excitement at experiencing her first snow, jubilation at completing a challenging puzzle, thanking her dad for giving her a glass of juice or simply showing her love and affection – she always conveys her unbridled excitement through animated gestures and movements.
For us, Autism itself is a puzzle and we are trying to unlock its mysteries every single day.