The day we found out our lil man was diagnosed with ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder, we were shocked. I have read that parents go through the stages of grief. However, I think of it as the day the love for my son grew to a level I never imagined possible.
Our son is truly one of a kind. He has met many milestones before the majority of other children his age. He also happens to be behind on other milestones. Regardless, he is a sweet, happy, loving lil man. My heart melts looking in his eyes, and yes our son makes eye contact frequently with us. In fact, he seeks that eye contact at times. This is not the case with all kids with ASD.
Once we took our time processing the ASD diagnosis we made a plan. The plan was simple, the only thing that changes are the services we receive for our son. Our love doesn’t change, but our daily schedule will. We can handle that! I think like most parents, we were/are willing to do anything that is needed for our son.
Together we decided to send an email to our friends and family outlining Kaden’s diagnosis. We provided a few details about ASD and then we explained; Autism will not define lil man, we will present the same opportunities to him as any other child in our family. We asked for grace, we will likely be overly protective as we travel on this journey. Lastly, we gave some tips on communicating with lil man and welcomed any questions.
This was our way of taking control and being intentional with our journey.