We were introduced back in August and we seem to have almost clung to each other as we navigate this up and down ride of Autism. In the few short months, we've become quite close. We both have the attitude that we will not accept 'status quo' for our boys, that we CAN affect ASD and that we will NOT let it win. It's really been a wonderful support to have another mom that I can talk to going through similar things that manages to keep the same positive attitude that I try to have. It means then that when those harder to manage days come up that you still have someone to lean on, but that you also have someone else to celebrate your boys successes with!
We had a great get together. Our boys have both had amazing Christmas holidays and are doing exceptionally better in all aspects of life. They're both happier and more engaged with others as well as their surroundings. One of the nicest things that I noticed was the CALM that both of them had. They were able to sit and concentrate to play with toys and people. Their stims (things they do for stimulation or body regulation such as running or jumping) were quite minimal.
It was a joy to celebrate our boys success' and how far they've come. It is truly amazing to both families how much of an impact we've already managed to have on this monster called "Autism" in such a short period of time...let me run a few dates by you to explain better:
- started speech therapy at Lansdowne Children's Centre
- introduced PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
- took Andy off GLUTEN (GFCF Diet)
- started seeing our Naturopath and DAN (Defeat Autism Now) Dr Sonya Doherty
- 3 weeks after took Andy off Dairy/Cassein
- finally got our official diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- started IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention) with Teach 2 Learn
Just a few days before Christmas I got to meet another boy on the spectrum that has made me smile ever since I've met him.
He's 7 years old and you would never know his diagnosis. He is eloquent, gentle and kind and truly one of the nicest 7 year old boys I have ever met. He has an amazing mommy who has dedicated years to helping her son and she has succeeded! They still have ups and downs, but what kid doesn't?
I will now picturing my new friend in my head as we continue to do war on Autism, because now I know that all those recovered kids that I've read about are real people...they exist! Thanks to him, I've had a glimpse into what I believe will be Andy's future...we will not stop until we have beat this monster called Austism not only because we believe, but now I know more than ever -