To My Family and Friends,
This has been long overdue. I am finally going to participate in a fundraising Walk for Autism that is being held in my second home of Maine on April 29th.I will be walking for my son Benjamin who was officially diagnosed with Autism just after he turned 5 years old. Diagnosis was late coming since we heard all the different scenarios as to why he was not speaking: "he is a twin, very common to have one that is dominate" we all know that is the truth with his twin Matthew, then it was the hearing loss "may be causing a delay in speech" so we got involved with Early Intervention, we also just thought his behaviors were "cute and he is just so happy all the time" but as time went on I had my suspicions. I thought the therapists would say something, teachers, his pediatrician but I think with all the other factors going on it was tough to just pin point. Finally I made the appointment for the evaluation, my worst fears came true though I was not surprised but I still grieved for the little boy I thought I lost, then my best friend said to me "he is still the same boy, nothing has changed."
He is now 8 and so far so good he is making strides, they are slow but they are going in the right direction. We have had to make many adjustments in our lives as a family for Benjamin. We cannot always do things as a family, we sometimes have to pass on doing things because of the "glares and stares" we may get with a noisy and fidgety child. We learn to make it work and we learn to ignore the ignorance around us.
Benjamin, like my other two children, are my world and I cannot imagine life without them.
Love to all----Christine
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