Sharing from my Heart! My sweet 2 year old son, Christian, started showing signs of autism before he was a year old. It has been a long journey to get here. 11 months of ongoing appointments with specialists, 7 months ongoing evaluations with our developmental pediatrician. I never lost hope. Christian is nonverbal. He has been in speech therapy since he was 17 months old, OT began when he was 22 months old, and I am currently in process of getting him enrolled in additional therapies. The services we have had have already helped him so much! And we do have quite a long journey ahead with many more challenges.
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On Friday, August 10th, we went for the final assessment of our evaluation. Christian was formally diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder-Level 3, as well as Mixed Developmental delay, Pediatric Feeding disorder & Sleep disorder. It’s bitter sweet. It’s hard to hear that your child is not “neurotypical” but it’s awesome that now he has access to resources he couldn’t get before. I’ve talked to a couple of other Moms over the past 3 months about their children, my child, just everything. It makes me happy to know we can be open and honest and supportive of each other. Autism is so different for every child. Doesn’t make them dumb or weird or rude or bratty. Just a child trying to get other people to understand how their mind works.
Unconditional love is a funny thing. It shows us, when we base all our efforts on that love, we can evolve, and become the parents our children need, and not the other way around. I know many people think the world is aware of autism but you are never truly aware until you are affected by autism! Father and son Puzzle Pieces Autism Awareness You’ll never walk alone shirt. As an individual I had learned about autism, as well as the various aspects of it but I didn’t truly “get it” until my child was diagnosed with autism! In the world of having a child with autism each of us leads our own path where no one walks in our or our child’s shoes; however, we all ride the same rollercoaster of a life. We have highs, lows, and just getting by.
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We appreciate the small victories and probably act like they are the biggest victories in the world. It doesn’t matter where your child falls on the spectrum the struggle is real… beyond real! It is a constant battle both internally and to the world to not have your child judged for his/her actions or in general who he/she is. At times people are quick to make an assumption or give up on your child before they take the time to figure out what is really going on. Having a child that has no verbal skills or certain behaviors and your world is beyond a constant rollercoaster with some amazing days and others you wish you could crawl in bed all day and cry.