FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010
A grandson is born!
What excitement that is for his family.
The future is bright and hopeful and filled with dreams of what this
child will accomplish in his lifetime.
And one day all those dreams are shattered!
Recently, this happened to our family. My grandson was diagnosed with Autism. At about 18 months we started noticing signs
that he was not keeping up with other children his age. The most noticeable at the time was his
unresponsiveness to sound. He seemed
deaf but after sending him for hearing tests, was decided that he could hear
perfectly fine. Then why didn’t he
answer to his name?
Well, as time went on, the full spectrum of autism spectrum
disorder symptoms were clearly made apparent.
He has difficulty expressing his needs, little or no communication, not
wanting to be cuddled, and the list goes on.
But what does this mean for this little boy of 2 years of
age. Once diagnosed with this
dramatically increasing disorder (it is now estimated that 1 in 110 births will
be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder), he will begin intensive therapy to
teach him to express his needs, learn to talk, practice socializing with other
children and prepare him for the world in which he lives. With early diagnosis and intervention, the
prognosis is good.
Our families’ hopes have now shifted. We again see a bright future for this
child. We embrace his disability and
hold in our hearts that he is “special”.
With this disability comes years of struggle, but with perseverance and
faith and trust in the educational system, he will overcome his disability and
prove to be a contribution to society and bring extreme pride and joy to his
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