Happy (almost) world autism day! As most people know, my son is on the autism spectrum. In honor of April 2nd, I thought I'd write a blog about our experiences.
After a two year battle, Tyson was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. He was three years old, and showed characteristics that finally made the doctors realize I wasn't crazy. He went to speech therapy, along with ABA therapy. Things were starting to come together, and I saw more life in my sons eyes. The ABA therapists at Autism Consultants NB were amazing. They taught him life skills, and prepared him for kindergarten. I can't thank them enough for what they did for him, and continue to do for others.
Tyson is now 7 years old and attending a fantastic elementary school. All the teachers and staff are so understanding. They go out of their way to be kind and never hesitate to help. Ty struggles with fine motor skills, but is getting better each day. It amazes me how far he's come.
As I sit here reflecting on the past 7 years, I can't help but smile. Autism and motherhood have taught me so much.
- Patience beyond measure.
- Unconditional acceptance
- Quality is more important than quantity
- Sensory processing disorder is real.
- Always celebrate even the smallest of victories.
- There's a difference between meltdowns and tantrums.
- Teachers deserve bigger pay cheques.
- Never stop fighting for what you believe in.
- "Normal" is overrated
- No words are more beautiful than "I love you mommy!"
- We all need a little quiet time once in awhile.
Please feel free to check out an older post I wrote about World Autism Awareness Day