As we complete three years of Autism my mind goes back to those early days.
When R turned 18 months with no words and we were starting to get worried – I read a lot about “speech delays”.
In the Fall of 2006 I read all the advise carefully of saying the same word over and over again
So while taking walks with R in my baby bjorn in the evenings
( for I could not bear to be away from him in the evening after having been at work all day ) I would repeat “Mailbox”. “ Leaf” “Road”” Stop Sign “
A whole season later in the spring of 2007 – fresh from the wound of the diagnosis – I and R resumed our walks
That first day as though by habit – I resumed my practice of asking “what’s this ?”
An entire season had gone by and not brought a single word
Tears filled my eyes as I realized that R would never speak
A few weeks later – when I got home from work – DH greeted me excitedly
That evening on our walk I put my hand in his and asked “Touch Mailbox”
He took my finger and put it on the mailbox.
I tried it out with the other words I had repeated over and over again the past few seasons
He knew each word !
And we learned how communicating and connecting has so many different ways
Just like that
Oh the roads we have traveled
Oh how far we have come!
"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us."
---- Ralph Waldo Emerson
PS Up Early today as R decided to be quixotic and wake up early on the weekend ...so Melody has not even posted on her site and already have an SOOC post !!!