When you were diagnosed six years ago, I didn’t  know one person on the spectrum. I remember being terrified.

Your son has autism.  These were the words that lead me on this Autism journey.

I was terrified when you didn’t talk. You didn’t point or make eye contact either. I began the roller coaster of evaluations and paperwork. We received the diagnosis right after your second birthday.

There were so many things I didn’t know back then.
We didn’t know that celebrating your birthday with family and friends would overwhelm you.
I remember your first birthday, we invited the family over.  When we sang Happy birthday to you, you covered your ears and cried. How my heart hurt so much seeing you upset.

I remember holidays were so difficult for you. Halloween when you were about three years old. I’d tried putting on  a Thomas the Train costume. You…

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