Max’s journey

By Nicola @nickynoona

My story is about my son Max who is now 12 years old and has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Max was born a healthy 7lbs 10oz in the hot summer of 1999. From day one he was an easy baby. Always happy and placid and rarely cried or threw tantrums. I counted myself very lucky to have such a content child. Max was walking by 11 months old and was ahead of other children with his talking too. I was not worried about his development or behaviour in any way.

Coming up to Max’s second birthday I had been shopping for his party, which was arranged for the coming weekend and bumped into some good friends whilst shopping. Us girls started chatting, Max was sitting in his buggy and my friends daughter who was about 4 years old began talking to Max and took an interest in a small toy he was holding. She took the toy from him to have a better look, with this ensued an almighty scene. Max began to scream and thrash around in his buggy. My friends and I stood in shock, they asked me if he had ever behaved this way before and I assured them [...] continue the story

Jonathan a Different Child

Two parents cope with raising an autistic child. The film describes their struggle, their daily efforts, their doubts and also their great love for Jonathan – a beautiful child who touches one’s heart. Yossi Mar Haim and Michal Ne’eman, two acclaimed Israeli artists, whose work – he is a musician, she is a painter – was their whole life till the birth of their only son. Today, their son, Jonathan, arranges the order of their lives and they devote every single minute of each day to him. They are both in their fifties. They will not have another child. The investment in Jonathan appears to mainly be a Sisyphean act but despite this, they battle the problem with a huge investment in time and try every method of which they hear, but at the same time view the situation realistically. Yossi and Michal’s fears and inevitable feelings of guilt are boldly portrayed.