Guest Interviews — 4 Minutes

Ainsley interviews her dad: Raising a child on the spectrum

Guest Interviews — 4 Minutes

Ainsley interviews her dad: Raising a child on the spectrum

Ainsley Knight: Thanks for being here, Dad. I’d like to interview you with some questions.

Bubba Knight: That sounds great.

Ainsley Knight: I’ve heard a lot about him, who is the “Walking Carpet?”

Bubba Knight: The “Walking Carpet” is a male canine that came into our lives, a little over a year ago. His proper name is Oso. We got him for you, itself. Walking Carpet is a name because of the way his fur is, for the most part.

Ainsley Knight: Right.

Bubba Knight: Very fluffy, very fuzzy, and he goes by a couple other names. We first nick named him Sir Lickalots because every time he went to greet you, he quite enjoyed licking you all over the face, didn’t he?

Ainsley Knight: He sure did.

Bubba Knight: Yes.

Ainsley Knight: So next question is, what has it been like raising a daughter with autism?

Bubba Knight: I can think of two things. One, challenging, the other two, a blessing. Challenging in the sort of personal, trying personally to handle it the best way. Secondly, on the challenging part is, trying what do best for you, whether you liked it or not. Now the blessing there’s no other way, I’d have my life except to have you in it.

Ainsley Knight: Thank you, daddy. I feel like crying.

Bubba Knight: Every day is a blessing whether we succeed or not, it just means another day that we’re going to continue to move forward and developing myself and yourself to be better suited, to move on with life.

Ainsley Knight: That’s awesome, dad. And what would you say to a parent who just discovered that their child has autism, whether it be a male or female?

Bubba Knight: A parent finding out that their child has autism. It is generally a struggle when you first understand or hear it, because [inaudible 00:01:54] lack of understanding, let me correct that. I would suggest as we did through guidance of my wife, Amber, seek all the knowledge and any help that is out there. The more knowledge you have, the better understanding, you will be able to handle it yourself and to do what’s best for the child seeking help from other organizations, other people who have experienced it, allows for a quicker understanding and maybe a quicker path to reach health, that you did not know about. There’s been many ways you can seek help. You can look online, you can talk to friends, you can find organizations and be a part of that. You have to be a part of it as soon as possible. So you can do what’s best for the family.

Ainsley Knight: Great. And daddy, would you like to elaborate on how it’s been challenging to raise me?

Bubba Knight: Oh, of course. An example just on my own, is I’ve had to figure out how it is best for myself to approach a situation, handle a situation, and then execute a situation. It’s not all about you being the challenge, it’s myself making sure I’m doing it properly. Please understand, I have fallen on my face many times trying to handle something that I thought was correct to find out. I should handle it in a better situation as I keep going, I will fall, but I will get back up and continue.

Ainsley Knight: That’s awesome dad, well, thanks for being here, dad, and I really appreciate it.

Bubba Knight: Not a problem, I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world and I love you.

Ainsley Knight: I love you too, dad.

Ainsley Knight: Thanks for being here, Dad. I’d like to interview you with some questions.

Bubba Knight: That sounds great.

Ainsley Knight: I’ve heard a lot about him, who is the “Walking Carpet?”

Bubba Knight: The “Walking Carpet” is a male canine that came into our lives, a little over a year ago. His proper name is Oso. We got him for you, itself. Walking Carpet is a name because of the way his fur is, for the most part.

Ainsley Knight: Right.

Bubba Knight: Very fluffy, very fuzzy, and he goes by a couple other names. We first nick named him Sir Lickalots because every time he went to greet you, he quite enjoyed licking you all over the face, didn’t he?

Ainsley Knight: He sure did.

Bubba Knight: Yes.

Ainsley Knight: So next question is, what has it been like raising a daughter with autism?

Bubba Knight: I can think of two things. One, challenging, the other two, a blessing. Challenging in the sort of personal, trying personally to handle it the best way. Secondly, on the challenging part is, trying what do best for you, whether you liked it or not. Now the blessing there’s no other way, I’d have my life except to have you in it.

Ainsley Knight: Thank you, daddy. I feel like crying.

Bubba Knight: Every day is a blessing whether we succeed or not, it just means another day that we’re going to continue to move forward and developing myself and yourself to be better suited, to move on with life.

Ainsley Knight: That’s awesome, dad. And what would you say to a parent who just discovered that their child has autism, whether it be a male or female?

Bubba Knight: A parent finding out that their child has autism. It is generally a struggle when you first understand or hear it, because [inaudible 00:01:54] lack of understanding, let me correct that. I would suggest as we did through guidance of my wife, Amber, seek all the knowledge and any help that is out there. The more knowledge you have, the better understanding, you will be able to handle it yourself and to do what’s best for the child seeking help from other organizations, other people who have experienced it, allows for a quicker understanding and maybe a quicker path to reach health, that you did not know about. There’s been many ways you can seek help. You can look online, you can talk to friends, you can find organizations and be a part of that. You have to be a part of it as soon as possible. So you can do what’s best for the family.

Ainsley Knight: Great. And daddy, would you like to elaborate on how it’s been challenging to raise me?

Bubba Knight: Oh, of course. An example just on my own, is I’ve had to figure out how it is best for myself to approach a situation, handle a situation, and then execute a situation. It’s not all about you being the challenge, it’s myself making sure I’m doing it properly. Please understand, I have fallen on my face many times trying to handle something that I thought was correct to find out. I should handle it in a better situation as I keep going, I will fall, but I will get back up and continue.

Ainsley Knight: That’s awesome dad, well, thanks for being here, dad, and I really appreciate it.

Bubba Knight: Not a problem, I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world and I love you.

Ainsley Knight: I love you too, dad.

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