Thank you @how_we_autism
for giving permission for us to share this “This is so hard and I am so emotional writing this. Every parent who has a child with additional needs will know how emotional it is to write about the hopes you have for your child’s future as you just don’t know how that will look. Autism is one of those disorders where there is no standard, no baseline to follow; your child may or may not do things, but until they do one of those things, you won’t know if they will ever do it. And in that respect, it’s an agonising waiting game. When we found out we were having a baby boy, we had so many dreams and aspirations for his future and then when we found out Theo had difficulties those aspirations and dreams changed. What do we hope for Theo’s future; first and foremost is that we would like him to be able to communicate with us. And our aim here isn’t verbal communication as that may not be possible for Theo, but just a way for him to tell us his wants and needs. That, for most, is quite an achievable goal for their child, but for a child on the autism spectrum, it isn’t always that simple. Effective communication is so hard for someone with autism, but we are hoping, with the right support in place, Theo might be able to achieve this. We don’t want overwhelm ourselves or Theo with 100’s of things to work on and achieve, so we will take it one step at a time, one day at a time 💙 #autism #nonverbal #nonverbalautism #speechandlanguage
“. We invite #specialneedsparents
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