The interview was done at Mr. Robert Edwards’s home in the dining area. The dining area had plenty of sun light and was spacious which made it a comfortable environment. We both introduced ourselves and before beginning the interview I was able to meet Bryan. Bryan is a nice boy once he gets s to know you but takes time to adjust to you because of his autism conditions.
I began the interview after we both adjusted to the seating arrangement. When I asked, “What are Bryan’s strengths/interests/talents?” Mr. Edwards replied, “He watches and pays attention to details. He loves to do puzzles and has a good memory.” I could clearly see how Bryan was interested in puzzles since when I arrived at the home he was already engaged in completing a puzzle with pieces that covered their coffee table. I then asked, “What do you feel are challenges for Bryan?” Mr. Edwards responded very calmly, relaxed and clear sounding voice, “It is hard for him to communicate with new people and very hard to add something to his routine. He does not like changes to his schedule and at time does have his moments because of this.”
I continued asking, “Mr. Edwards when you first became aware of Bryan’s differences, how did you feel and what did you do?” Looking at me with a concerned look as if the feeling of the memory was there from yesterday he replied, “We noticed that he hadn’t started talking yet and he was already 18 months. His mother and I both worked and had him on a steady routine and it was working for us at the time. Then when he was almost two, our schedules changed and he started to get fussy more and cry a lot when he wasn’t fed at a certain time or even when he was being put down for nap at a time he wasn’t used to.” He paused for a moment then continued, “I was worried, and then friends and family told us that sometime kids were like that. They knew of other children that hadn’t started babbling until two and fully talking until three years old. But then one of my uncles told me about a cousin I had that was the same when he was born. He was diagnosed with autism. I was a little confused as to what that would mean and if somehow it was genetic in my family. This made me a little anxious to find out if our son was the same. My uncle advised us to go and see a doctor and ask for tests to be done and so we made appointments to see not one but three different doctors just to see if their findings were all the same. ” I asked, “So you thought that somehow it was passed through genes on your family’s side?” He said, “Yes, I did. We later found out that my wife also has autism in her family as well but we’re not very close to that side of her family for personal reasons.”
Mr. Edwards was very open in his communication remaining very calm and steady in his posture. So we continued on with the interview questions. When I asked him, “What happened next, after seeing the doctors?” Edwards, “Each doctor told us the same thing. Our son had autism and that we...