For about four months now, we’ve been investigating exactly what’s up with our youngest child. It was clear something was. Last thursday, it became official - he’s autistic.
This was not exactly a big surprise, since every health professional we’ve seen in that time (child development nurse, speech therapist, psych, paed) has been saying things like “hmmm…could be autism” - “yes, autism is a distinct possibility” - uh huh. Looks like autism to me". It does seem to be a suprise to lots and lots of our friends, who say things like “but he makes great eye contact with me!”. And I can hardly blame them, since four months ago I was pretty much blindsided myself.
Thankfully, Daniel has got about as mild a case as you can have and still be considered officially autistic. He has small imparements across the board - nothing outstanding or insurmountable-looking, just a lot of different stuff generally dragging him backwards. We’re doing speech therapy with him at the moment (which is, in fact, fucking brilliant and has helped him immensely) and lots of social stuff.
So… I know there are plenty of people on this board who have experience in this area - parents, professionals, even the occasional autistic person popping in themselves. I wouldn’t say I’m entirely ignorant on the subject any more - I figure I know about as much as anyone who’s spent four months reading up on anything vaguely significant she can lay her hands on.
What do you know that I don’t?