Good Morning. 8am this WORLD.
Yesterday I ordered the book, 'The Loving Push' by Temple Grandin.
I think its crazy I had only heard about this book yesterday.
I don't know much about the contents of the book at all, but I have a feeling I am going to love it! It sounds like its everything that I stand for with James and well all children on the spectrum and thats.... giving ASD children the opportunity to live in the mainstream world with lots of encouragement, love and support. I always read things about Temple Grandin and her life. She has said multiple times that she credits where she is today to her mother. Her mother never gave up on her, loving pushed her to function in society and her mother worked hard at helping Temple in her deficit areas. So I am super excited!
The last few days has found me reading lots of different blogs. As 2017 approaches it's nice to read others journey through 2016, their heart ache, achievements and all things they are putting in to practice for 2017. This is the first year that I am truly going into a new year with a plan. I really wanted to go into the new year with a clear focus of what I want. Now I havent' included any material possessions in my plan. My plan is all about James' developments and our family health and wellness as a whole.
Last night as I laid in bed I found myself watching old videos of James.
I often do this when I need to see that things are working.
I watched videos of James talking, all the videos were dated 1 year ago around the time he was diagnosed with ASD. My gosh... the videos were hard to watch.
What a change James has shown in his speech.
James was classed as non- verbal when he was diagnosed. I never understood that back then because he had a few words and I could understand him. Now I see why. James was pretty undeveloped in his speech. When James saw his speech therapist for the first time in January of this year he was leveled at a 12-18month age for speech and he was 3. Thats pretty gut wrenching for a mother to hear. But the improvements today melt away those feelings I had back then. We just get in and get it done, whatever it takes.
James woke in a really great space today. He had another wonderful sleep.
I don't know for sure but I may need to put the last two nights sleep down to the magnesium baths he has had the last two days. But it couldn't be a number of things that have assisted in James' ease.
I find as a ASD mum I am constantly watching James.... then I become like a detective and start shifting out whats not working and shifting in other things.
That leads me to one thing I really dislike.... people telling me to 'just let him develop on his own', 'your doing too much', 'your only at the beginning', 'sit back and relax a bit'......
Man the next person that tells me to sit back, your just at the beginning is going to really cop it.
How am I at the beginning... I am almost 4 years in. James just didn't wake up one day with SPD, ASD, FPIES, ANXIETY, SPEECH DELAY and AUDIOTORY DELAY.... he was born that way! So I am 4 years in. And yes I have low days (that I document here) but I am not going to stop. I don't believe in givng James labels and sitting back and letting him develop on his own. I am doing everything now to help shape James into a well respected young man who can function in a mainstream society with ease.