A celebration for Hunter

The past 3 1/2 years have been such a blur to us. Many things have changed in our lives in the past. It seems like only a few months have gone by since we heard the diagnosis of autism.

It seems like a short span of time. With autism we know time is of the essence when it comes to learning the most basic skills. We don’t take those developmental milestones lightly. Every word, sentence and goal met is a triumph.

Hunter was diagnosed late at 4 years old, so a lot of precious learning time was forever lost. The first 5 years of a child’s life are the most critical when it comes to learning. I now know that the door never closes on what my child can accomplish.

Without early intervention, my son’s language was mostly scripted from TV shows. There was little functional language other than simple 2 word phrases to meet his needs. It was very hard hearing that his developmental age was near 2 1/2 years old at the diagnostic evaluation.

Now only a few years later, I am proud to say that my son’s fine motor skills and his language are at the appropriate developmental age. He has made it so far and we are getting the best gift of all this year for Christmas. Our son being age appropriate for the 1st time. He has made it a long way from where he started. Our celebration this year is ending with a celebration of our son’s success.

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