When the doctors told us Piglet was “showing signs of autism” we were scared, nervous, and relieved. Our son, our crazy little kiddo needed special help. It wasn’t that he was stubborn or lazy. His beautiful mind isn’t wired like mine. Or like other kiddos his age.
And that’s okay.
|looking awesome, as always|
Because we can get him help. We can put him into therapy.
Once I posted on Facebook that Piglet was special, several friends suggested some really great books. A lot of my friends and a few family members have either gone through this with their own children or they are in school or currently working with children with special needs. It was a true blessing.
One book that I found at the library was amazing, Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide made us look at Piglet and go “oh yes, he does that.” or “ahh, so that’s why he hates getting his hair washed.” Super helpful. I’m actually going to buy the updated copy because it was such a good resource.
The other book that several people tell me to get is “Let Me Hear Your Voice” but the library didn’t have it. They had another book my friend’s suggested, “Look Me In the Eye.” Both are memoirs. And I couldn’t even finish chapter 5.
The author spoke about how lonely he was in pre-school. How he couldn’t figure out how to communicate with other kids and that no one liked him so he spent a lot of time alone. And that broke my heart.
Is Piglet lonely at school? Do the kids call him names? Does he know how make friends?
Piglet is hopefully going to be started special education pre-school soon so I took him out of his normal daycare/school. They gave me his binder when we left, it had all his observations and tons of pictures.
And do you know what those pictures were?
Of him playing with other kids. Of him holding hands and playing during circle time. Of him doing art projects, sitting right next to other kids doing the same thing.
So while we still haven’t started therapy yet. And we still haven’t started school yet. I’m hoping that things are going to get easier. Lately, Piglet has been picking up more words and communicating a little better so here’s hoping it’s going to get easier.