Monday, 15 May 2017

The Puzzle Piece

The puzzle piece. 

It is a little symbol that is often the cause of numerous heated discussions within the autism community.

Depending on who you speak with, some in the autism community are for it and some are vehemently against it. Then there is the colour of the symbol, again a simple colour can also cause many a heated discussion.

Recently there has even been talk that the symbol should be changed to something other than a puzzle piece.

I personally love the puzzle piece as a symbol that represents Autism awareness and here is why.....

Since L arrived in 2012 there has always been something that we were missing with L, no one could work out what the missing link was. Specialist after specialist could not put a finger on what the missing link was until we started on the path of an autism diagnosis. L has always marched to the beat of his own drum and I love this but there were numerous times when I struggled to make sense of L's behaviour and development.

L's autism diagnosis was the piece of information that connected everything together. L's autism diagnosis was the piece of information that we needed so that we could start the process of helping L achieve to the best of his abilities.

The puzzle piece represents the information that we needed to assist L.

Autism isn't a puzzle, it's a different ability.

Sometimes you just need that one piece of information to connect all the dots.


  1. This is the most ridiculous explanation that I have ever read. Do you have autism? I would be guessing that you do not. And yet you've taken it upon yourself to speak for others, how dare you. Unless you are actually autistic, you have no right what so ever to speak on behalf of autistics. You have no idea how insulting it is to us who are actually autistic to see the puzzle piece being used as a symbol for autism. No one asked us. Ask your children, they're not little superheroes as you keep referring to them, what symbol that they would like. I would be willing to say that it wouldn't be the puzzle piece.

    1. We will have to agree to disagree.

      No I do not have a diagnosis of autism, however I do think that I am on the spectrum. My daughter is very much like me and I can see her behaviour and mannerisms as things that I used to do as a child.

      In regards to my children, they are barely able to remember what they did at school each day let alone be their own advocates. They are 5 and 8 and have yet to find their own voices. So until they are able to self advocate, I will continue to advocate for them.

      And if I do ask my children, I can 100% guarantee that they would agree with me that they are little superheroes. And just so that you know, both my little superheroes love the puzzle piece.

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!