I had an extraordinary experience and a moment of long awaited confirmation with my 14 year old son today. He grabbed my face, looked me in the eye and said, "Look at me". He said it with the same drawn out playful tone I used to use when he was a nonverbal, tantrum throwing, head banging toddler. A toddler that refused to look at me. He then says, "remember you used to tell me that?" ... "Yes", I said. He then took it one step further and surprised me even more. He playfully said, "you thought I wasn't looking at you but I could still see you, do you remember?". I gave him a huge smile and said, "yes". And that was it, he let go of my face and walked away smiling. My heart is full and oh so warm.
So please, do not ever underestimate the mind of a child with autism and how far they can progress with age, wisdom, therapy and determination. I personally do not believe in a cure, but I do believe in growth, awareness and development. With that said, fellow autie mom's, dad's, teachers, caregivers and therapists ...never, ever give up. They ARE listening and seeing all that you do.
Peace and Strength, Marisa <3
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