Hello beautiful people...
So yesterday was James' 16 month check in with his diagnosing doctor, his wonderful psychologist.
James was diagnosed in February of 2016 with Autism Spectrum Disorder as most of you know, but I have a few new followers so I thought I would do a little re cap.
I had many concerns for James prior to his formal diagnosis. I was often in the paediatricians office ( WEEKLY) expressing my concerns, he would always say ' normal', 'normal' and well 'normal'. This paediatrician not only wasted my time and money, BUT he never ONCE listened to my concerns. SO we changed paediatrician... well we actually went back to our paediatrician who delivered James & Scarlett. The reason we switched from him was for travel convenience.... he is located an hour drive from us here in Wollongong.
Long story short our paediatrician is a very thorough and respected gentlemen who NOT once dismisses anything I say, EVER. And I have been known to go in with many sheets of questions.
Anyhoo what I want to say right here and right now....
DO NOT let anyone hurry you, dismiss you, dismiss your concerns or make you feel like you are not supported. You are the MOTHER and you know exactly what's going on with the souls you birthed at all times. BELIEVE in the power of the 'gut feeling' it's never wrong and it will never fail you.
So like I said above James baby was diagnosed 16 months ago! WOO HOO celebration.
Why am I celebrating?
BECAUSE we have done 16 months of full on early intervention!
The day James was diagnosed I knew he was on the spectrum but hearing the words was still like a punch to the gut. I put my feelings aside in that meeting because I wanted to really absorb what our psychologist was saying.
The things I took out of that appointment were:
*Early intervention is KEY.
*Build a TEAM around James to support ALL aspects of his life.
*Do WHATEVER IT TAKES
So I mourned, I mourned for the first 3 weeks. I cried myself to sleep at night. At the three week mark I thought to myself, 'why am I sad'?
LIKE he is the most beautiful soul I know!
You know what I was mourning.... I was mourning the girlfriends, the wife, the grandchild....
UM like not everyone grows up to have the white picket fence, wife, steady job and 3 kids!
And why can't he anyway... he can do whatever he wants!
I decided I wanted my son to be HAPPY, HEALTHY and live INDEPENDENTLY!!!!
And my 'whatever it takes' has that goal in mind!
What ever his happiness envolves and wherever his passions lie is where he will be the most successful version of himself.
That brings me to yesterday's appointment....
I am pleased to announce that james' psychologist was ecstatic with his progress so far. We work damn hard daily, James works the hardest of all of us.
But the non verbal, hyperactive soul that first walked into her office almost two years ago is a changed boy.
I want to share with you all the things we do and all the things we have in James' schedule but it takes time.
Just know it's a holistic approach.
We have social interaction, sensory therapies, speech therapy, intellectual processes, anxiety reduction and we work heavily on gut health and toxin removal.
That's what I mean by holistic.
Thank you for following us... I have actually just started writing again on the document I started 6 months ago that I WILL to become my first book. EEKKKK
Much Love to you all,