Two years ago I started writing a blog about our experiences with Autism. It is “Johnny’s” story filled with the exciting little steps forward that we know were hard fought by him and some of the stumbles as well. It is also filled with amazing things that “Johnny” does that show that even though he lives life differently, he is never less but always more.
Why do I do this? Because to be honest you feel like you are alone when you are a parent of a child with Autism. Your child reacts very differently to his /her world then a typical child so who would understand what you are going through unless they have been in your shoes. By sharing the ups and downs I have met many other parents who have children on similar journeys and we learn together that we are not alone. It is my hope that by writing that friends and family (new friends) will be able to step into our shoes and for a moment.
So on World Autism Awareness Day, I thought I would reblog a post I wrote after we found out Johnny had Autism Spectrum Disorder and we were suddenly faced with real awareness. I used this to help me tell family and friends in person, email and in letters. *please follow the link above.
Originally written on January 11 2011~
It’s funny how in life how three little words can change your life forever. “I love you” “It’s a boy!” or “Autism Spectrum Disorder”.
We received the diagnosis last Tuesday and our lives have been a whirlwind ever since. Why did this happen to our little boy? What do we do now? What IS this? What help does he need? How many forms so we have to fill out now? Do we switch schools? Who do we tell? How do you tell family? How much do you tell them? We don’t want him treated differently because he’s “our little Johnny” …. he’s STILL our little boy.
I think I’ve suspected that Johnny had Autism since he had his speech assessment nearly a year ago when he was 2-1/2 and he was not talking. When he was 2 years old he started throwing toys in frustration…
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