Welcome to my blog. I am brand new to this so you'll have to bear with me. I've decided to start a blog to document our families journey with children who are on the Autism Spectrum. I'm hearing you say "yeah yeah, heard it before, it's been done by others, how does your story differ from the story of others?"
My answer is that it probably doesn't differ from that of others but my family is quite new to this journey and we're on a very, very steep learning curve. I think all along I knew that my son was different, and possibly on the spectrum but everyone that I spoke to told me that we were seeing things that just weren't there, or he's just being a boy, or he's just naughty, or it's your parenting style, and the doozey "he's just showing his true colours." It wasn't until our GP saw my son in full meltdown mode over not being allowed to play on a busy road, that he realised that we needed help. That was exactly one year ago.
It has been one year since our journey with Autism began and since then we have more specialist contacts in our phones, we have more support networks for our family in place and my children's lives have been just that little bit easier. I've done a lot of reading on all things to do with Autism, and there is a lot out there to read. At times it has been scary, I have cried myself to sleep more times than I can remember and there have been times where I've thought "I didn't sign up for this, why my babies?"
At times it has been very difficult but I wouldn't change anything for the world. Having a diagnosis has meant that the world has become a little easier for my son, resources have become available that we weren't able to access before. It's also meant that we're starting to recognise that perhaps our daughter could be on the spectrum. That maybe, just maybe, she was successfully masking her traits as a toddler and only now due to her age, that those traits are becoming more visible because she is struggling to make sense of the world around her.
We've made some wonderful new friends over the past year, we've also lost some friends but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
I want this blog to be about sharing with you the supports and resources that we've found in the hope that they might make your life a little easier or manageable. I want to share all the highs that we have, but will also be brutally honest and share our lows as well so that you know others are experiencing what you are going through.
Welcome to our journey in which we're raising our little superheroes.