2014 ended with a lot of questions.
Some years just end like that.
Most of the questions surround our twin boy, Ooffa.
Although we’d made some steps forward with speech therapy he will still need more sessions in 2015. Our December audiology appointment uncovered Ooffa’s delay in speech is related to difficulty in hearing normal human speech, due to fluid in his ears. Our next audiology appointment is this week to discuss what happens next.
The same week we discovered Ooffa’s hearing difficulties, we had a child psychologist visit our home to discuss our concerns about Ooffa. After laying everything out on the table, it was apparent that Ooffa shows some key behaviours for autism spectrum disorder and we have been referred to a pediatrician for further assessment.
When something is not right
As much as it has been a relief to know that our concerns are not unfounded, hearing the word autism has sent us into a spin. Questions whirl about our minds and thoughts that range from “Ah ha, now we know what we’re deaing with” to “Maybe it’s not autism”.
When the thought of knowing what we’re dealing with is there, questions arise like “How do we deal with this?” “What do we do?” “What do we stop doing?” “How do we recognise the triggers?” “How do we get him ready to start Kindergarten (Preschool)?” The questions come thick and fast. We become overwhelmed by the immensity of it.
When we’re thinking maybe it’s not autism, we’re watching him closely, analysing his behaviours and identifying ‘normal’ three year old behaviours. Except amongst them there is nagging doubt that some of them are ‘normal’. The intensity. The constantness. The continuality. The erracticness.
This is our families journey.
My goal is that we will THRIVE, come what may.
My good friend and wonderful blogger, Kate, from An Everyday Story recently posted a beautiful piece on Autism – It’s a colourful, vivid world in there. I love reading her perspective and her loving insight into her son’s autism. Although our children are vastly different (autism exhibits a multitude of forms across a spectrum) her writing brings a sense of peace that Ooffa will be okay, that we will be okay 🙂