We've been asked a lot how we knew Elise had autism before she was diagnosed. Besides her failing her screening, there were many signs that, looking back now, all fall into place. Here's a little bit about Elise for others to understand about her and to help me remember:
Since February I've entered a whole new world.
I've read books, talked to a few people that have kids with autism, and talked to doctors. I know there's still so much I have to learn. It's all very fascinating and what I learn is so helpful in helping me understand Elise better.
I have to parent her so much different than the other kids. When she throws a fit or does something unusual, I first try to understand what may be going on, but I always say at the end, "I don't know!"
The biggest lesson I've learned through all of this is that the most consistent thing with children with autism is the inconsistency. I think I get her, but I really don't know most of the time! This applies to all children but adding sensory issues and other things on top of everything else makes her even more complicated.
She's been getting occupational, speech, and developmental therapy since March. Now that we have a diagnosis, it will help us get more help so she can get even more therapy. I'm just anxious and excited to get things moving along more.
All in all, she's a great happy girl and we love her to pieces! We couldn't ask for a more smiley, lovable little girl. For that I'm extremely grateful and always say to myself, things could be a lot worse.
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!