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Jul 3, 2010
Helping Hands Learning Academy Website is now live!
Jul 03, 2010 @ 16:12
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Oct 26, 2012 @ 18:17
, working with the dibsaled gets in the blood, it is something you can not shake or even explain to anyone else how you feel about caring for the people who need it the most.I remember Gavan as an infant, when he should have been hitting certain milestones, smiling, cooing, looking me in the eye, responding to his name, none of it came. He would just stare at his mobile, or the television, the green light on the camera etc. I would try so hard to get him to smile, giggle, coo, and he wouldn’t do it. I would cry to my husband many nights, just knowing there was something wrong, but my husband, being the positive one, always said he was fine, he just had nothing to say, and he will coo, and smile when he was ready.Well a year passed and my son was not even pointing. He would watch Blues Clues for hours, memorize dances and follow Steve while watching. He new exactly what was going to happen, it amazed me. Still, I was giving him the chance to grow, to catch up . Even with all of my experience, it was not happening to my son. He was normal, just a little delayed.2 years passed and Gavan was still memorizing Blues Clues, and other things, he was not speaking much at all still, he would mimic certain words that was it. I was still in denial. 2.5 years passed and I was sitting on the couch with Gavan, he held his hands in front of his face, shook them vigorously and made the oddest noises this was the exact moment I said to myself My son is Autistic . I immediatly started crying to my husband, and we set up an appointment to see the doctor regarding my feelings.A few months later we received the diagnosis, he had his evaluations, his IEP and is in a program full time. I really can not express how much this little man has changed my life, but he has. His is a very happy boy, a deep pressure boy. He loves to squeeze you, and loves kisses, and he still loves Blues Clues. He can count to 20, and even higher but misses some numbers, he knows all of his colors, numbers, letters, letter sounds. He can find his way around any computer, he makes his way to NickJr.com and can play any game without help, he is now 4 years old.My son is not potty trained, it is a daily struggle for us, he has no interest to go on the potty, he could go in his pull up all day and not even bat an eyelash. He still mimics most everything we say, but is finally starting to answer some questions.I am rambling.. Autism is tough, it is a daily struggle. I have lost a few friends since the diagnosis, the few friends who told me he is a typical 3 year old there is nothing wrong with him and even after the diagnosis, didn’t believe it . These were friends of over 20 years, and I had no support from them, so instead of feeling bad for myself I let them go. I now try and surround myself with people who understand not every Autistic child is the same, they are all different, and it is not an easy road to be on. I also do my best to spread awareness.I am not going to lie, some days are so frustrating I just want to break down and cry, I worry about his pottying, his speech, his coordination. I worry about what is going to happen when he reaches kindergarten. My son is Autistic, he is not dumb, he can learn like any other child, he just needs to be taught differently. Will he get this special education when he reaches school age, and will it work? This is still very new to me, so still very scary. All i know is we are blessed to have him, and I think we will keep him.
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