Noah's diagnosis has changed our lives. We are so amazed in how much we have learned through his Autism diagnosis and how much Noah has grown in such a short time. I was once told that God gives special needs children to special people and I have to believe that Noah was given to us in order for us to become better parents. Ousman and I are beyond proud to have a son with Autism and seeing how strong he is in overcoming all challenges. We hope that he will continue to learn, grow, and most important be happy.
We would not be where we are without the resources available to us through the autism community.
Autism comes with a lot of differences. It comes with a lot of stereotypes that people know to be "classic autism" and it comes with things that us "neurotypical" (though who really knows what neurotypical is) would never think twice about. Tantrums, stimming, OCD behaviors, delayed speech, lack of emotions, the list goes on. What we have found to be really helpful is just trying to better understand Noah's needs. The learning will continue forever as each day is a new day, but this is life. We are thrilled to be able to participate in this walk and we thank everyone so much for donating.
**We are hoping to have a large team join us for the 2023 walk. If it is anything like last year, it'll be a beautiful and fun day. If you are planning to walk with us, please let me know by October 2nd along with your t-shirt size!! If you need to search for our team through autism speaks walk page you can search by team name "Pooh Bears" or my name, Lauren Jallow.
Together, we have the power to enhance the lives of people with autism and make a meaningful difference. Thanks so much for your support!
Lauren, Ousman, and Noah