Parents of an autism child or any other special need child can assist their child in having a vibrant life as you will learn from the story told by these parents.
In January of 2000 my husband Sterling and I had our first baby. A baby boy, his name is Asher. We knew that our lives would never be the same again!
Excited to experience the joys of parenting, Sterling and I spent all of our free time playing with, loving, and pampering our little angel. Asher was a sweet baby, too. He was so mild and mellow. Yes, we felt very blessed! The only time Asher ever seemed to get upset was when there was too much commotion.
After adjusting to his needs, we learned how to sooth him during these emotional outbreaks. Sterling and I had no idea that these adjustments would become a normal occurrence in our lives. As Asher grew, we recognized that he had his little quirks.
We actually thought that his meticulousness was cute! Asher would often spend time arranging his cars and blocks into perfect lines or circles. Our child is a genius we would say! My husband and I were sure that this was a sign of his potential. Of course, there was the minor detail that he didn’t speak . . . at all. Maybe he was just a quiet child. After all, he was still very laid back.
By the time Asher turned 2, the only words that he could say were, uh oh. We were beginning to worry. We had Asher tested by a local early intervention program called Kids On the Move. We were sure Asher would qualify, because of his speech delay.
My husband and I were not prepared for the results that they gave us. After learning that Asher had PDD-NOS, an Autism Spectrum Disorder, my husband and I went through the emotions of realizing that our baby would struggle with many things in his life.
The journey ahead was a hard but rewarding one. Asher was so eager to work and please everyone His efforts were incredible. When Asher turned 3, he was released from Kids on the Move and sent to an early intervention program in our school district.
It was devastating the first time I had to put my baby boy on the big school bus all by himself. I had a hard time watching complete strangers drive off with my little person. During the early days I had to continuously take inventory on my adequacy as a mother. Was I a terrible mother? How could I do this to my baby? Was this the right thing to do?
Asher is five now and has started speaking . . . A LOT actually!! People still have a hard time understanding him but Sterling and I just beam with joy when we remember where he started. Asher is preparing to transition to kindergarten this fall. This is a huge turning point for Asher and we are so proud of him. He has overcome so many obstacles to get to this point.
When people ask me how I do it, I tell them I have no choice! You would be amazed at the mountains you can climb when you have to get to the other side. It took a major group effort to get Asher to this point but he was more than worth it. We want Asher to have the best chance the world can give him!