The most truth I can share with you on this autism journey is that honestly, ten years ago, I wish I’d known THIS. I wish someone had shared this with me. I wish I could have pasted this to my mirror so I could remind myself every day that autism grows and skills change and that my son would go on to amaze me with his sparkle and his brilliance…NO MATTER how dark and uncertain our early spectrum days might have been. In those early years, there was SO much I didn’t understand about autism.
So, Wonder Souls….take a really deep breath and if you remember nothing else that I share with you about autism, remember THIS…
At 2 my boy’s receptive and expressive skills were non existent, reports and evals were abysmal.
At 3 my boy did not speak.
At 5 he could say some words…but not TO me. No and yes were interchangeable.
At 6 he could answer yes or no but there was very little back and forth.
BUT…and pay close attention to this part (this is the really cool part of autism)….
At 13…..he says whatever he wants, shares original thoughts independently, AND we can have insightful conversations!
And, surprisingly, at almost 14,my passive boy even put the bully who was harassing him… into a headlock .
Because, the truth is, autism grows…it is NOT in stone. Wonder Souls, autism isn’t like stone at all……it’s a lot more like jello. It’s jiggly, it moves and, sometimes, it’s hard to nail down. And, these days, the truth is that we are not perfect, we struggle socially, but we are STILL growing and moving forward every day.
Just remember……Who they are at 3 is NOT who they will be at 13.
So stay in the game, don’t give up and make sure you take that step back and look at the big picture because, I promise you, autism was never meant to be analyzed under the microscope.
Oh…and don’t forget to take a deep breath too while you sparkle on, my friends!