2016 I wrote:
“In the months immediately following Cody’s diagnosis, we were mourning. Mourning the loss of what we thought was a typically developing child. Then we quickly went through all the grieving stages (in no particular order) and still do at times. Then you hit the panic button wondering what therapy do we choose and what is best for Cody? Of all the 200 methods out their specifically for Autism, where do you start and who do you trust to help guide you through this journey?
But then suddenly, we changed—our eyes, like Cody’s, opened. Looking at the same landscape and seeing something different.
We pressed forward with as much early intervention therapy Cody could handle. Books stacked in piles on the nightstand along with countless articles found on my Kindle to research and sponge everything we could learn about Autism. Our lives rearranged.
Then about half way through the year, we began to get settled into a rhythm of therapies. Books finished, different schools of thought studied, conversations about fundraisers started, prayers said, progress snail-slow (but subtly occurring).
And recently for the first time the word “on” is contingent and he makes a vocalization when he wants something “on”. Not always sounding like “on” but he knows he must vocalize.
It’s those small steps and brings us such joy and hope.”
As you have observed we have quite the vocabulary that extends far past “on”. I would never believe we would have the countless words that we do today. And the thousands that he knows already but just can’t expressively say them yet.
THIS is WHY we hold onto HOPE. Hope does not mean we want a cure ￼or to fix him, we just want to hold on to HOPE that he continues to progress at the speed he has already.
Hope in 2020❤️
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