Can you believe that it has been 1 year since we first took Emmalynn in for "behavior issues"? Although we took her in for behavior issues, were knew something else was wrong. Our gut told us it as Autism, but we didn't want to believe it. There were so many signs from about 18 months, but we were honestly in denial. We didn't want our baby girl to have any problems growing up, but we also knew that if we didn't get her the help she needed; then there was no way she would grow. We all knew she was a smart girl, but she had some gaps that we needed to address.
Forward a year later and Emmalynn is a whole different girl. She is someone that at one point we didn't think would ever exist. 1 year ago she was basically non verbal and now shes is full of words. 1 year ago her behaviors were off the wall with self harm and harm to other and now we hardly see them. 1 year ago she wouldn't interact with ANYONE but mommy, dad, grandma and grandpa, but now she is such social-able little girl and we love it.
This past year has been filled with a lot of downs, but it has been filled with way more ups than anyone can possible think. We have learned her weakness and her strengths and have learned how to handle those. We have learned so much as her as a person and about Autism in general. We have learned how to take care of her when she is unable to express to us what she wants or she needs.
The best thing is, this only took us 1 year to go from basically non verbal and shelf harm to a super smart verbal almost non existing self harm. It's been a long year, but it has been worth it.