As some of you may know, my son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at 5 years old.
He has Asperger’s Syndrome, which tends to be a higher functioning part of the spectrum.
Working on behaviors.
Working on motor skills.
Working on Social skills.
There have been countless therapy appointments and even more doctor’s appointments.
There have been social skills groups and individual skills classes.
We began all of these things because it is what the doctors and teachers recommended.
We continued to pursue all of these treatments because we thought it was what we need to do.
Our weeks became bombarded with all of these appointments.
Somewhere, in the midst of trying to “help” our boy, we lost focus.
We were so focused on these recommendations and expectations that we lost sight of the most important part.
Our boy and his happiness.
Last week, we made the decision to stop.
To stop all of the therapies and classes.
To stop listening to other people’s ideas of what our son needed.
To stop caring about what other’s expected out of us.
No one knows our son better than us.
We made the determination that we needed to start.
To start listening to our boy more.
To start remembering what an amazing boy we have.
To start letting him just be himself.
We have an amazing son.
He is brilliant.
He is quirky.
He is hyper.
He is loud.
He is loving.
He is sweet.
He is the best big brother.
He is possibly the most charming boy that you will ever come across.
He is a unique being and there is no one else like him.
I would not change a thing about him!
He will find himself and he will figure things out in due time.
It is our job as parents to love him, support him and enjoy him!