Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Daughter has Autism

She was 1 year and 9 months old when she was diagnosed with autism. October 28, 2008 to be exact. We brought her to a Developmental Pediatrician 3 days after somebody told us that he noticed that Patricia has signs of autism.
We attended a Holloween party. We were invited by my sister in law, she owns a preschool. Patricia was very excited when she entered the place, but got uneasy when the other children entered. We only stayed there for less than an hour. That's why we were furious when someone from the party said that Patricia might have autism. How can she say that when we were there for such a short time only? And we have no idea what autism is. But we were bothered and furious, and so we consulted the web about the signs and symptoms. She has some but not all. She flaps, she doesn't respond when we call her name, and she has fleeting eye contact. Other than that, we thought everything's just fine. Only when we consulted the doctor that we realized that there were some signs that we overlooked. One of which is her lack of language. We thought she's just a little delayed like her cousins, but we were wrong. She's afraid of some advertisements on TV. She likes looking at spinning things. She grabs our hands when she wants something. She doesn't point. We were shocked.
But the good thing is, the earlier the intervention, the bigger chance that the child can cope. We're still lucky. God is still good. We thank our sister in law for having the courage to tell us. It saved us a lot of time. It's been more than a year now, since that day.We've come a long way, but it's a continuous process, there's more to come. It is truly a journey, not only for our little angel, but for all of us. I want to share it to all the moms and families out there. Join us as we continue our journey.

3 comments:

  1. Congratulations Honey!I Hope this blog would reach out to alot of families who have the same situation as ours, to show them that there is hope and that it is a very amazing and fullfilling journey to be blessed with God's little angels.

    I love you Luanne for being my strength and to Patricia, my little angel, you are Daddy's life.

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  2. I love you too honey. I know how hard it was for us in the beginning. We're coping because we have each other and the support of the people we love. Just keep on hanging on, and be strong not only for both of us but especially for Patricia. Thanks for everything.=)

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  3. Blessings come in different forms. Patricia is surely one of the biggest blessings we have received because of the joy and happiness she has given us. Hard to comprehend for some but simple and clear to us who are blessed by her presence in our lives. Praise God for Patricia!

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