Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Whether you have a child/children with Autism, know someone who does or just want to show your support, check out the
You can find an Autism Organization close to you, find an event to attend or even just look at some of their brochures to get more info and see what you can do to help.
My daughter has been seeing a Speech, Behavioral and OT Specialist for the last 5 months. In February, questions arose as to whether or not she may be Autistic. She was showing some signs such as not talking as much as a normal 2 year old, avoiding eye contact and sometimes being unresponsive to us. She also gets really preoccupied with some of her toys and saying the ABCs and her numbers. We did not have her tested but her Behavioral Therapist did a questionnaire with us to gain a better understanding of the issues we were facing and also helped us get a better understanding of exactly what Autism is. He said that more and likely she was not Autistic but if she was she would be considered highly functioning and would be at the end of the Spectrum. A lot of this we had to look up after wards as none of it was really making sense to us. Thankfully, there is a lot of information out there to help but it is still quite confusing.
During this time, we were distraught to say the least. I had so many thoughts going through my mind I felt like I was going to breakdown at any moment and when I did my husband was away on business, of course. Mommies are not allowed to breakdown like that so I had to pick myself back up and come to terms with whatever happened she would still be perfect to me.
There are so many wonderful organizations and groups to help people with Autism and their families. There is so much information out there but there is also so much to learn yet.
Check out the World Autism Awareness Day page on Facebook.
If you have any thoughts on this or would like to share your Autism group/organization, please comment below. Thank you and have a great weekend!