I was lucky enough to become a mom in the summer of 2014 to a beautiful baby boy and he is absolutely the coolest person I have ever known. We were thick as thieves from the moment our eyes met, and in that brief moment of silence while we both caught our breath, I knew we could do anything together.
Just before he turned one, my husband and I realized his adorable quirky habits were preventing him from reaching a few milestones. Since my Mom is an OT (Occupational Therapist) I asked for her professional opinion regarding some of our concerns (even though the preceding 9 months I made her swear up and down she wouldn’t be an “OT Grandma”). With her advice, we had him tested for developmental delays. He was approved for Early Intervention (EI) services and later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And so began our amazing journey.
Through therapies and meltdowns (both me and my son), through cuddles and contagious laughter, through the immense worries and intense love, we become stronger as a family. And each day as we brave the unknown waters of ASD, our family, friends, and incredible EI teachers help us to navigate each wave.
I hope that my stories will give you some hope, or at least a giggle, during your stormy days. I hope the resources I share will help ease frustrations and create more opportunities for laughter. And I hope to connect with you to learn more about this extraordinary world we get to share with our children.
“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,”
Dr. Stephen Shore