You may have noticed the Living with Autism tab on this page. It links to my personal blog where I share our journey through the hazy and sometimes scary world of Autism. A reader noticed it the other day and directed me to her site, Where did the Bird Go? I love her attitude of acceptance and hope! She asked me if I would like to share our story as one of her features: Friday’s Sweet Signs of Hope. I was thrilled to do so. It is on her site today. Here’s a sampling:
Looking back, there were signs everywhere that Bryce was “different.” He refused to breast-feed. Some of that was he was so big and so hungry and I had poor production. But he didn’t seem to like being held close to my skin. People would comment about how focused he was for such a little baby. He was so easy- I just put him down in the crib for his naps and he would lie there until he talked himself to sleep. He was happy to be alone. He would just stare at the lights above his head. But he was smiley and hit all his milestones, so I wasn’t worried. If he had been a second child, I would have noticed things earlier, I’m sure. He didn’t play with toys normally. He LOVED to line things up in a row. He knew his ABC’s before he was 2. He would read license plates as we walked by. And that was his ONLY verbal communication. He didn’t ask for things. He would go all day without eating or drinking if I didn’t give it to him. By the time he was 2, I was a little concerned. I mentioned his lack of speech to his pediatrician when he had his 2 year appointment. She sent us to a neurologist for testing.
To read the rest of the story, click here to see today’s Sweet Signs of Hope.
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