By Victor O.
Autism is known to interfere with the ability of the brain to process information, which explains why most sufferers have learning and social difficulties. But a certain middle school pupil is not your average autistic child, as he does things you may not expect children in his condition to do.
Julian Gibson, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of four, is not the one to run away from challenges, as most people would ordinarily expect. As an indication of this, the Pershing Middle School pupil and some of his classmates recently submitted an entry to take part in a fiercely-contested robotics tournament.
The middle-schooler has done several other things that you normally may not expect a kid with autism to do, including playing his first season on a football team.
Deante Gibson, Julian’s father, is greatly impressed and surprised at how his child has turned out despite his condition.
“This is kinda like a miracle for us,” Deante told a reporter at CW39 Houston. “When we were diagnosed, at four-years-old, the doctor told us that he would not be able to pursue higher education, wouldn’t be able to play sports.”
Julian has similar ambitions as regular children. When asked by his father what he would like to become in the future, the boy said he would like to become someone like Houston Rockets star James Harden.
The key to Gibson’s ability to do the somewhat surprising things he does is the early detection of his condition, coupled with the help of family, classmates and teachers, according to The Grio.
“The younger they are, the more you can help them,” Miesha Gibson, Julian’s mother, explained to CW39.
Julian is participating in a robotics class where computer-programmed LEGOs are used to navigate through obstacle courses.
“I took him with me, brought him to the room, took out a set of Legos and he said ‘ooh fun,’ and we’ve been doing it ever since,” said Djuana Bossette, who is one of the budding child’s favorite teachers.
Bossette noted that the robotics programs, such as the one Julian is participating in, can be beneficial to other autistic children as well.
The month of April is designated as Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Society is advising parents to take prompt action toward ensuring the condition is detected early in their children — just as Julian’s parents did — to improve chances of checking its ill effects.