When we got Blake’s diagnosis of autism it was grim. We were not given much hope. We were told chances were he would not talk even though he tried. He would never make eye contact or have the social skills that were needed to be successful in life. When we walked out of that doctors office that day I was driven to NOT let my son be a statistic. When we got home I searched the internet for whatever services I could find. Yet nothing was listed unless we went out of state.
So I called birth to three. They were amazing. We had therapists in my home five days a week. 2 days a week we traveled to sensory therapy. Everyday was not easy but were seeing progress. At times he would go backwards. They told us to apply for social security disability. We did. This covered the sensory therapies that the insurance deemed not important. Little did the insurance company know how important it was. That therapy helped with in allowing him to wear more than pajamas. It allowed him to be ok outside. The kid hated grass, sand, wind, rain. You name it he hated it. The only thing he liked to do was smell the flowers. He soon began enjoying sports and realizing being dirty was ok.
Eventually he entered school. Where he has always been quite and reserved. He makes a few friends and that is all he needs. He has learned social skills. Though we still work on eye contact and being appropriate. That you can’t always say what you want too. He has thrived in school with all the structure. We are so proud of him. Over the years he has absorbed history facts, math facts and science. He is pulling a 3.93 grade point average. This boy has over come all the challenges he faced from speech to sensory. They have done things to allow him to be able to remain focused such as stress ball for when the fidget need arises. Audio books for comprehension and more.
Monday night he was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. An accomplishment I never expected for him. He did this due to his determination and the demands he places on himself. We are beyond proud of him. We have always told him is disability does not define him. He had to ask teachers to be recommended, volunteer and write an essay. He did fantastic on all aspects. He is learning how to advocate for himself and what he needs. He has grown so much in the last year and half. It has been amazing to watch.
Blake you my sweet boy can do whatever you put your mind too. I have no doubt you will accomplish all your goals big or small. We are so proud of you.