Our son, Craig, was diagnosed with autism at two and a half years old. We knew nothing about autism, except for "Rainman." Little did we know that it would soon consume everyday of our lives. The diagnoses was devastating and the prognosis was no better. We were told that Craig would never speak (even though he had developed 20-30 words by the age of about 20 months and then lost all speech) he would never play with other children, or be potty trained. The doctor continued to say that we should try not to medicate him for as long as we could, and to be prepared for institutionalization. When the shock wore off, we prayed and prayed and we went on-line and started researching.
We found a HUGE community out there of parents just like us, who'd been going through this for a lot longer than us. This has been the greatest resource we've found, you have an instant bond and connection with these people because they understand what you're going through. We now have several years under our belts of research, conferences, talking to tons of parents and DAN! doctors (Defeat Autism Now!), as well as our own experiences.
The Lord has done great things in our lives, Craig still has a ways to go, but he's now 11 and talks so much we have to tell him to be quiet, he plays and interacts with his peers, has normal eye contact, and has minimal stimming. Craig's recovering everyday, and we are SO thankful to God, our family and friends who pray for us and help support us, and to all the parents and doctors who have helped guide us down this path. We know that God has a plan for Craig & that we're going through this for a reason, and we know that it's to share our experiences, and knowledge with other families and to help in any way we can.
Dedication: To our son Craig, you have showed us the true meaning of perseverance and courage, God is doing awesome things in your life and we are so thankful to be a part of it. We love you!