We are almost reaching the two year anniversary of the offical autism journey.
Almost two years that we have plugged away at early intervention.
It's been quite the ride.
Stressful, draining, magical and encouraging all wrapped up in a BIG rigid schedule.
Back when James was diagnosed I felt like we were catapulted into a unknown world.
We didn't know where to start.
Who to turn to.
What to do first.
It took a LOT of research ( often between the hours of 1 and 3 am).... I know ya feeling me with that!
I searched and searched for other autism parents that were sharing their journey. I needed support and most importantly guidance.
I learnt pretty early on that autism parenting is not unlike normal everyday neurotypical parenting.
EVERYONE has an opinion and EVERYONE is happy to share it with you.
Now the one thing that I was told when we received formal diagnosis was, 'heal the gut and you can heal the brain'.
This gave me hope.
I wanted to know more.
I started asking those few around me that had a few years experience with ASD parenting.
Their response was shocking, well shocking to the hopeful newbie autism parent on the block.
They shut me down like lightning with every question I asked.
I asked about healing protocols, different specialists and different ways to approach this new label we had acquired.
Rather than going away defeated, I just felt sad for them and sad for their children.
They didn't want to try, they weren't doing anything other than the bare minimum for their children. And all they said was, 'it doesn't get better, it only gets worse'.
This was their mindset.... it was not and is not mine.
I have really approached James and his label from every single angle and I am damn proud of our progress ( success).
We are still going.
It doesn't stop here.
As he grows and develops so will our team, protocols and everything else that comes with supporting James.
What I want to say to all the newbie autism parents on the block is.... don't allow anyone to dull your spirit, enthusiasm or plans.
Autism is not a one size fits all.
You know your child better than anyone.
You will never know if something will or won't work unless you try.
Those that follow us over at @jameshealthjourney know that we are living proof that it gets BETTER. Not without hard work but it does get BETTER.
We have hard days.
We take steps backwards but you will NEVER see us give up!
Breathe and I promise you if you do 'whatever it takes' there will be no room for failure.
Remember if plan A doesn't work, there are 25 other letters.
We are always here to help and guide but listen to your mummy gut, it knows best, always!