According to his mom Jodie, Tiny Light Troy was an “extremely easy” baby and Jodie considered herself very lucky. Shortly after he turned one, though, Jodie and her husband Brian began to get concerned. He wasn’t talking, and he seemed different from other children, although his parents didn’t really know why.
Around the age of two, Troy started having grand mal seizures and that led to assessment and therapy. It took a long time to get the seizures under control, and then when he was four years old, Troy was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. “We felt scared and unsure how to help him,” Jodie says, “but relieved that we finally had some answers and a direction to go in and services to access.”
Jodie describes autism as an invisible disability, one that can make life painful in a very unique and different way. But she also considers Troy’s autism “an opportunity for us all to slow down and look at life differently.” Troy is funny and loving, treats everyone he meets equally and takes great pleasure in other people’s smiles. He loves playing on the computer, playing tag, swimming, and making forts. “Our hopes,” says Jodie, “are that Troy is eventually able to capitalize on his differences and that others accept him for who he is.”