To all the parents like us whose child has Autism,
Two years after the world met our son we found out he had Autism. I wish I could meet every family that is newly diagnosed and whisper that it gets easier. Not all of us end up with kids who are completely independent. But we all found ways to live, laugh, and love each other everyday. We were told our son was severely affected by Autism. But like other parents we found ways to teach him to communicate, play, learn, take care of his own personal needs, exist in the classroom and community, and make friends. Sometimes it took great time, perseverance and patience. But that comes easy when you love someone as much as we love our son. So to all the parents who are in the midst of a tiring and difficult moment, know on your most exhausted day, you are not alone. All of us with kids have felt that we cannot do this one more day. We have all felt heartbreak. We have all cried tears. But we also know the special beauty that our kids bring to this world. From our home to yours, we send hugs for the tough times and we say welcome to the beauty of our kids.
TJ is 9 years old and has come a very long way since being diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. TJ is a loveable, funny, creative little boy. He is beginning to become more verbal with years of therapy. It was key TJ was diagnosed at an early age so he could get the assistance he needs to improve and excel. His school program has been a blessing to TJ and us.
Way to go Zach! Success is made up of many daily moments of learning. Never underestimate an achievement. It all leads somewhere. So we send a giant way to go to Zach who during a therapy session was asked: "when does it snow?" Hip Hip Hooray for Zach who typed “winter. We encourage you to celebrate every success, every day.
My son is extraordinary. My son is smart and kissable. My son is fun and funny. My son has Autism. My son likes donuts, lots of them. My son gets ABA because he deserves the best there is. He deserves to read like his sister. He deserves to play ball like his brother. He deserves to be anything he wants to be. He deserves the dignity of independence. My son has many things, one of which is Autism. But my son has ABA. So my son has hope.