2016 I will remember for one reason and probably one reason only.... it was the year James was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I have just been through my photos of 2016. I want to share with you two photos. The following two photos evoke a range of emotions for me. The first photo is the day a 3 year old James was diagnosed. When I look at this photo I still feel gutted, I don't think that feeling will ever go away to be honest. I knew he had the label well before this day but being told by a professional your fate is harder to take. I think because I know it's just a label and its part of who James is. He doesn't need a cure, he needs understanding. The emotions back then were pretty raw.
And the second photo. Makes me so HAPPY.
This photo was taken outside the psychologists office, 9 months after his initial diagnosis.
It was our follow up appointment, to discuss his development so far.
She was BLOWN away.
James had advanced in so many areas. You could see the tears well in her eyes as James played games with her, recited numbers from number cards and had conversation with her.
On this day she told me that she believes James has a very high iQ. She said he was well beyond in intellect for his age.
I walked in to this appointment so drained. It had been 9 months of full on early intervention.
This was the day that I realised everything we had been doing for James was helping in one way or another.
On this day James' doctor took the time to tell me what a great job I am doing. That meant so much to me as I was still very much finding my feet as an autism parent.
So thats 2016 in a nutshell for me.
2016 has not been an eay year for our family.
2017 is going to be a big one. New goals. New plans. More action.
I want to take a moment to thank every single one of you!
You have helped me through some rough times.
The support from my blogging and sharing our journey has been so wonderful.
This year I became an Autism Mum but I also became an Autism advocate and I vow to continue eductating with a loud voice for this cause, a cause so close to my heart.....
HAPPY NEW YEAR.