My Book: Dealing With Autism
I extend this invitation to you as I have learnt so much from the parents who have travelled along this path before me…
Yours free: Download this list of sites where you can access a list of printable resources for your child’s therapy.
You Are Not Alone!
Hi there, it’s great that you have found this site. My name is Randa and I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Emily and Richard. Richard has autism and our family’s life changed significantly when autism moved in and made itself a part of our family and home!
The way I see it, I have 2 lives. My life before autism; and my life after autism.
My life before autism is so different to what it is now. Was it better before? There was a time when I would have said yes, definitely, but now I say no. It was not better, just different. It has been a long journey to reach this point where I can say I am truly happy. A long time since I could utter my son’s diagnosis without becoming teary. There were times of great loneliness and fear. Fear of the unknown. It is this fear that I want to help lessen for the new parents out there, and I certainly want to help alleviate the loneliness that is felt when your world does change and the people in it don’t want to be a part of this change. I want to be a part of your life, you are not alone.
There Is Hope!
You have probably found this site because you either suspect your child has autism or they have been diagnosed with autism, so my guess is that you know the signs so I won’t go through them here. I will say however that the overwhelming majority of research points to early intervention. While there is no definitive cure, intervention can greatly improve your child’s outcome. I want to state emphatically that there is hope; things are not as dark as they seem, treatment and therapy can decrease the effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder and your child can learn and develop.
As a parent, you never want to believe that your precious child has a problem. But when it comes to autism; getting in early makes a difference. If you are advised to wait and see, and deep down you just know that your child is showing signs of autism then trust your parental instincts and don’t second guess yourself because you know your child better than anyone else. Time is precious, the earlier you can start the better. But no matter what your child’s age is, don’t lose hope.