Welcome friends to My Blissful Mess!
You know, honestly, I thought coming up with my very first post was going to be difficult. I wanted it to be something important. Something of a little story about myself I can share, yet inspiring, and informative. Then it struck me! It’s April! April is Autism Awareness month! “Wow, how does that effect you”, you may be asking yourself? Well, my youngest boy Joseph is Autistic and he’s 5 years old. His diagnosis did not come to us right away. Of course not, it took a couple of doctors and a few therapists to finally figure out what was going on with our boy. He went from a very smiley, cuddly, happy baby boy, to a “please don’t hug me, there’s too much going on, and I’m very upset” boy within about the time he was 7 or 8 months old. He stopped eating solid foods, he was slow to start walking, and to this day, he is non-verbal.
How do we deal with it? Well, it was heartbreaking to watch such a cuddly little baby turn into what looked like an anti-social individual, and then to be told he had a “behavioral and sensory disorder” instead of calling it what it was, Autism. Without that diagnosis, there wasn’t much we could do for him. It wasn’t until our move to Indiana, where we met his new doctor, who by the way is NEVER allowed to retire, he’s just too wonderful, finally diagnosed him without hesitation. Suddenly there were doors open to Joe that were never there before, and much to my amazement, the public schools here have all the therapists he needs, plus of course he gets the interaction with his classmates thanks to the special education program. Thanks to the school, therapists, teachers, and doctor, my boy is getting the help he needs and is making great progress. He loves school, he’s all smiles all the time, and he’s such an incredibly sweet boy.
This is why Autism Awareness is so important. More people, including doctors and schools, anyone in early childhood development and public service need more education, and need to be more aware of this condition. This way, more kids can get the help they need. As parents, we especially need to be aware. If my husband and I hadn’t been, who would have been the voice for Joe?
In conclusion, to show your support, light up your porch with a blue light! A simple way to show your support this month for Autism Awareness. For more information on Autism or to find other ways to show support, please visit The National Autism Association.