Here is our story....
We are the proud parents of four beautiful children. Isaiah 15, Aubrey 13, Jordon Jr 8 and Alex 6. Isaiah and Alex are both on the Autism Spectrum.
Isaiah is in the 9th grade and has been in main stream school all of his life. He's never needed intervention of any kind. He is incredibly loving, smart, caring, outgoing, creative and quirky. He enjoys playing video games, learning new magic tricks and card tricks, he quickly can solve different rubix cubes and is an amazing big brother. He enjoys collecting Pokemon cards and rubix cubes. Isaiah is very high functioning on the spectrum, but that doesn't make his struggles any less real. He has a hard time making and keeping friends. He is a very literal thinker and can have trouble focusing. He gets uncomfortable in large populated places. He also has some sensitivity to light and sound.
Then we have our sweet little Alex. We always felt Alex was different than our three older children....but we didn't know how or what exactly made him different. He was delayed in his developmental milestones, which caused us to go over his family doctors head and reach out to Early Intervention. His doctor thought he would eventually catch up....but my Motherly instinct knew something more was going on. I just had no idea what. Alex was evaluated by EI and he soon started physical therapy, occupational therapy and special instruction therapy once a week. As we went through our EI journey, we did research. Research that lead us to Autism. Alex seems to check all the boxes and have all the red flags for Autism. So we decided to have him tested for Autism. And that Motherly instinct I was talking about.....was onto something; Alex had Autism. Fast forward to now...Alex is 6 years old and is completely non-verbal. He struggles with texture sensitivity and has a serious oral fixation. He attends a special needs Kindergarten full time. He also does therapy at an Autism Center 4 days a week and outpatient speech therap.....when we aren't in a pandemic. Alex has a very hard time mask wearing. Alex is an extremely happy and loving little boy. And we wouldn't change him for the world.
So why do we walk and fundraise for Autism Speaks? For our two sons, one very high functioning and one very low functioning, for boys and girls just like them who struggle with Autism each and every day.
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