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Enlai and Lumen


If you’ve followed my blog, you will already know my older son Enlai.  He’s now eight, going on 20, very mature, and the very best big brother.  Enlai has decided to start writing his own blog about his little brother, Lumen.

My little Lumen, as you may also know from my blog, is allergic to a multitude of foods and has suffered anaphylactic reactions, has recently been diagnosed with asthma, and is also autistic.  In his blog, Enlai has decided to write about being the older brother of an autistic sibling.  I am eager to share his first post.  My sweet, sweet Enlai.


This blog will be about what autism really is and what it truly means, and how it can change your life or even the world possibly. Also, as much as I would love to be a scientist, I am sadly not, so some of these facts might be disagreed with, and if you do disagree with some of these facts that is perfectly fine.

Firstly, I must mention that autism isn’t quite a disease, no, in fact autism can be quite a positive thing depending on how you approach it. I have a little autistic brother called Lumen so I am experienced just in case you were wondering.

How it began
When I first found out that my brother was autistic, I was about six years old. As I was so young at the time I didn’t quite get what autism was, and what it meant. After about one year I began to realise how he was different and by the time I turned eight which is my current age, I really properly understood. And hopefully you will know just as much as me eventually.

How it’s different
Autism isn’t quite a normal trait because autistic people often develop ‘normal’ skills such as talking later in their life than we would. But it’s not always predictable, as some autistic youngsters are extremely intelligent. Some autistic kids actually develop certain skills earlier than we would, such as musical talents and sensory awareness.

Autistic children usually like the feeling of different textures and vibrating tools too. But too much of anything can cause screaming or tantrums, meaning autistic kids can be quite sensitive or experience sensory overload.

Category: Autism, General

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3 Responses

  1. Liz Bullock says:

    I find it quite wonderful that an 8 year old would be expressing & writing about his younger brother who has autism. I would think that it would enlighten other siblings to better understand what they go through. I hope that mother’s, father’s, brother’s, sister’s, aunts,uncles & friends all will be able to pass Enlai’s blog along as to spread the emotional turmoil, fear & happiness that autism brings.
    Hats off to you my sweet,wonderful Enlai!

  2. Robin says:

    I couldn’t be more pleased,nor could I feel more proud of my very mature,and brilliant grandson. Enlai, u.have the capability of being a magnificent writer,a scientist should u want to be…the world is ready for anything u choose to be. What u are writing about autism, all that u know & experience…particularly as a brother being only 8 yrs. of age dealing first hand with your little bother Lumen who is in fact autistic. U show so much insight & real empathy for him.How wonderful this is that u have chosen to write this blog! We can learn so much from u Enlai.I just can’t wait to read your next blog.I love u so much!!! Grandma Robin

  3. Georgia says:

    Enlai what a beautifully written and insightful post, well done! I very much enjoyed reading it, Georgia

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