Today is World Autism Day! When I look back at when we started the Autism journey over a decade ago, I realize how far we’ve come. I say we because Autism effects more than just the ASD child, its’ impact resonates throughout the entire family dynamic. It’s a stick of dynamite that slowly burns then sparks in big explosions before receding once again.
In JK, my son couldn’t spend a half-day in the classroom without having a major meltdown. Over the years, we’ve tackled sensory issues, balance issues, fine motor skills issues, and now we’re line-backing the big social issues. We’ve had moments of great joy and great sorrow. Yet, here we are in 2017. My son never stops talking, has a blue belt in Kuk Sool Won, and can sit in a noisy gym without screaming his head off. I am so very proud of what he’s accomplished, and how our family has evolved to embrace and encourage the limitations and advantages of an Autistic child.
In the future, I hope that scientists will one day unravel the cause and treatment of this disorder. Mothers of ASD children often carry the guilt of why. Did I eat the wrong foods when pregnant? Did I not spend enough time interacting when he was a newborn? Should I have fed him homemade baby food instead of Gerber? Did I do something to cause this? I don’t know the answer, but it would be great to someday solve this equation. However, in this moment in time, I’m simply happy that my son is doing well cruising through life.
This weekend his sister got her ears pierced while on a mini-vacation. In an elevator at a motel, he noticed both his sister and another girl had earrings. He said, “Wow, you both have your ears pierced. It’s like we’re in some kind of glitch in the matrix.” Yeap, it’s the little things that matter in life. So celebrate those small achievements this World Autism Day!