When our youngest son was born, our heart was full. I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about his future. I would daydream and wonder if he would be a star athlete, a college graduate, a successful adult, and a well rounded gentleman. Sammy was the happiest baby. He met his milestones for the first several months, but people would bring up that SamColeone had a hard time pronounceing words. On the moments that he would look at us, it was as if he was staring through us.
As the time went on, people would bring up concerns, and we tried very hard to convince them that nothing was wrong. One afternoon, while watching Chases corner on youtube, it hit me. This kid was talking, responding, and interacting as a 3-year-old should…. SamColeone was not.
My heart broke but I knew I needed help. I wrote an email to our pediatrician and explained my concerns. I was very persistent and she gave the referral to have a speech assessment done. I was so nervous because this is my boy. What would I do if something was wrong? The speech therapist completed the evaluation and was very careful with the words she used. A thousand questions raced through my head. We never gave up hope, and we kept our faith and Sammys future in GODS hands. I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens ME!
Thankfully we were provided information from our doctors for programs, therapies, and resources that were out there for not only our son, but our family. I felt a sense of relief. I wasn’t alone in this. There were others out there who have been down this road, and because of these people, there were resources out there to help our son.
We dove in head first, and our family vowed that we would be unstoppable for SamColeone The saying, it takes a village is magnified when you have a child with autism and we have built a small army of family and friends who support us, love us, and want to see our son excel.
WE walk because my son deserves the possibility to be the athlete, the graduate, to have a family, and to be the man I know he will be because of the programs and research that is out there. Each day I learn a little bit more about autism and the different affects it has around the world. WE love SamColeone with every breathe in my body and I want to help educate the world. SamColeone is not a label, he is not a diagnoses.
He is my son, a beautiful GOD sent blessing, and he is destined for greatness!