There was a time when my son was an infant that my mother pointed out to me that he was a “side looker.” I thought to myself it was impossible that he was autistic.
And then he didn’t babble.
But he started saying words at one year. So… no way.
Then he lost those words. And his balance didn’t improve through his second year. Repeated “EIEIO” over and over again. Hand coordination worsened. Started shaking his head for no clear reason. Became obsessed with letters. Continued avoiding eye contact. Never asked for drinks or food. Tantrumed for hours. Neglected to point out things of interest. Had a partial seizure. Started early intervention…
Long story short, he received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder this past Wednesday at a world-renowned children’s hospital. There’s so much to tell… but where to start?
So we’ll start here. Hello, I’m an Autism Mommy. Welcome to my blog.
I’m Erin. I’m a 20-something Mom of two little ones– a two-year-old son newly-diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and a baby girl who is too young to make any guesses. I work a little bit from home for an environmental nonprofit, and I am a freelance journalist. I love cooking, singing, and autumn weather. And I’m married to a brilliant, involved Daddy.
My son is an auburn-haired smartypants who loves trucks and jazz. He taught himself the alphabet at 20 months. He has a beautiful social smile, but he finds eye contact aversive.
He is the reason I am writing this blog… because there is a huge lack in legislation, funding, insurance coverage, and understanding in regard to autism spectrum disorders. And it’s time to change that for all people on the spectrum. This will be my place to advocate, tell the tale of our journey, and possibly share a few tears (and laughs) along the way. To a certain extent, our family life is a rhapsody in autism, and we have embraced it.