She has paced in circles and is now rage coloring.
Maybe we just want to catch a break. To know what it feels like to have a typical kid who doesn’t struggle to do things their peers can do effortlessly.
But how does that help me now? Now that there is nowhere left to go? Does no one understand that our children are capable of growing? That they won’t always be the bad kid.
Also, According to Autism Speaks, “On average, autism costs an estimated $60,000 a year through childhood, with the bulk of the costs in special services and lost wages related to increased demands on one or both parents.”
This journey has become thinking you have made progress only to have it pulled out from under you a few months down the road. Rinse and repeat. Over and over again.
ABA therapy and techniques have made me a better parent. While this treatment may not be appropriate for everyone, it has changed my child’s life for the better.
The majority of parents I know will tell you that their babies smiled, waved, and made eye contact within the normal developmental range when they were infants. Those milestones convinced both ourselves and general practitioners that our children were in the clear. But they weren’t.
No one ever said that doing what is right always results in happy endings.
We are bombarded by opinions and comments often. This is my advice to other families: Do not listen to what other people say about your child. I think the most common jab that we get are the constant comments from people trying to convince us our child doesn’t have autism. Or ADHD isn’t real. We’re … Continue reading Day 6: You can’t listen when your mouth is running
As it progressed, it became more evident that there was a bigger issue going on.