It's not all design and shoemaking books here, and not always cheery craft Emma either. A few months ago we discovered that our quirky son is on the Autism Spectrum. I haven't really written about this before, and am finding it difficult to put all the right words together.
Leo has been seeing a speech therapist for over a year, and, together with his occupational therapist, these fabulous women have noticed that his quirks all add up to textbook Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is in the process of being diagnosed, and all opinions thus far point to High Functioning Autism.
To me he is a regular kid, but whenever we see any of the specialists, or when I read about HFA, I am struck with the absolute truth of the matter; my son has Autism. It's not anything I want to hide, and I guess this blog is about all of me in some way, including the more contemplative Emma, who writes in her journal most nights.
This book is a bit overwhelming, particularly reading about challenges we are yet to face, as Leo is only three. However it has given me insight into how to bring out his best qualities, and knowing that we have discovered this early is also a plus.
Autism in its various forms is being diagnosed much more frequently now, 7 in 100 kids instead of the 1 in 100 from previous years. This is primarily due to increased awareness, and early detection and support is the key to ensuring that kids like Leo get all the help they can in their years before school.