We met with our pediatrician yesterday and couldn't be happier with how the appointment went. Our pediatrician is very down to earth, informative, supportive and were on the same page. The Autism Spectrum is such a huge range that someone could be so mildly affected that their behavior is just a little awkward to severely affected to the point that the person is non verbal and you are trying to find ways to connect with them. At this point his pediatrician is encouraged that he has great eye contact, he seeks affection, he plays appropriately and purposefully with his toys. He is concerned by his lack words ( zero words), and that he has no desire to bring us into his world by pointing to things he is interested in or wants. We are concerned about the mono tone humming, and the way he fidgets with his ears as well. One thing our pediatrician did say what all of these things could be his way of coping with his delayed speech and not Autism. He agrees with us early intervention is very important. He is looking into birth to three intervention in our county. He was pleased to hear we have someone coming to our home to evaluate him. He would like to get him involved with whatever early intervention he may need. In the mean time he is going to get the paper work started to refer us for further Autism testing in Seattle. He said we should be able to get in by Spring, we can always cancel the appointment if we think its not necessary but it's important to get things set in motion. We left the appointment encouraged we were getting things rolling and are both looking forward to the early intervention evaluation.
While at the appointment our pediatrician also talked about various therapy options and services out there for Autism. It's possible we may need to move to a bigger city where there will be more services available but we will cross that bridge if we need to later. It was also interesting to find out there is only 1 woman who is certified to give ABA (Applied,Behavior Analysis) therapy in Walla Walla county. This was particularly interesting to me from a career stand point. I am thinking I want to get my BA in Special Education, look into an endorsement (minor) in Autism and certificate in ABA Therapy. I see a need I would love to fill.
This is not a journey I expected to go on or want to go on but I am here now and as Christian's mama I am going to do my best to make sure he is the best he can be. You know maybe he is just taking the second channel to learning like his mama. Maybe all of this is related to his lack of speech and we will get him a little bit of therapy and all will be okay. If he is on the Autism Spectrum then we will make sure he gets all the therapy he needs and do whatever we need to as his parents to help him be awesome! All children are gifts from God and we are blessed!!
On a side note I was encouraged when Christian started clapping again last night and it seemed like he was sharing the fun he was having with his ball last night. Then this morning I noticed he went to find the cars that fit down one of his tracks (these cars are smaller than his other cars) and he was putting his Paw Patrol dog into the car it drives on the cartoon.