Hi! Welcome to BYC! I was scrolling down through new posts and the word "autism" jumped out and grabbed me by the arm! I have two amazing little people in my life who are my treasures!! Katie just turned 10 and was diagnosed when she was about 18 months old. She also has a couple of other minor issues - her hips are asymetrical and she is missing ribs. But she's incredible. We started working with her before we even had a name for her particular "problems" and her therapists were incredible. She came home from school after her first-of-the-school-year IEP so excited and just had to tell me - "Gramma, I'm not in Special Ed for austism anymore!"
Little sister Kendra was born with Spina Bifida. She's pretty much non-communicative, which really isn't a fair thing to say. She knows hundreds of words. She knows all the letters of the alphabet on sight and even out of order or in different fonts. She knows her numbers, again, any order, up to 30. None of the words she does say are mispronounced. She can name animals that most kids her age don't even recognize. She can pick the cards with her first name and her last name scattered among the rest of the first and last name cards of her preschool classmates, and was the only kid to be able to do so. She can read simple 3 letter words and that list is growing. But she can't carry on a conversation. She doesn't even try. That's okay - love has its own language and she speaks it fluently. She has been diagnosed just last month with Autism (we already KNEW that) and Globally Disabled. Well, not on our watch!
Most folks who have seen my posts anywhere on the forum can tell you all about Katie and Kendra. NFC gave you the link to the article I wrote about kids with disabilities and chickens. And we also have a thread with a few other families with amazing special kids....
Both girls have been helped so much by having the chickens! I like Easter Eggers, because they are pretty friendly and the kids love the different colored eggs. I don't have any Silkies or Cochins but have heard nothing but good things about them.
You could type in the name of your state in the "search" box and it will connect you with folks in your area who might be excited to jump on the chicken bandwagon with you and love being part of such a worthwhile project!
Come on by and let us meet you, your son, and the rest of your family, and we can do a little brainstorming to see what else we can come up with!
And Diva, OGM, and NFC, thanks for jumping in with info about some choices and, of course, my girls!!