Raising an Autistic Child- a Journey from Sorrow to Joy and Pride

Raising an Autistic Child- a Journey from Sorrow to Joy and Pride

I never imagined that I would be the parent of a child with special needs. Samarth (Sam) was a sweet, calm and a happy baby. But something was different with Sam, no eye contact, repetitive behaviour, no response from him when somebody used to call his name. His paediatrician asked me the normal developmental questions, he agreed that something was wrong and referred me to a neurologist to have Sam evaluated. Sam was diagnosed with ASD(autism spectrum disorders). He was unable to sit without support at the age of 10 months, was not able to crawl, move on his own.  Bringing up a child with autism can be challenging especially when other people do not understand the issue. It is difficult and embarrassing when your child demonstrates unusual behaviour in public. There were many sleepless nights and countless tears. I was devastated. Reality dictates that help for a child with autism is not handed to anyone on a silver platter. It must be pursued relentlessly. As we learned more about it, the more accepting of it we are. He perceives the world differently. Once I acknowledged that, I was able to move forward. His days were spent with me working with him, using processes that his occupational therapist taught me, then slowly but surely minor miracles began to occur. I could not possibly be more proud of my little boy. He has no idea how much he has already achieved. With strength, hope, advocating for your child, therapist, therapy, significant progress can be made. Now he is 30 months old, goes to a preschool for about 3 hours a day and we are proud of him because he is an amazing child. Early intervention is so important for children with autism. With help and determination, I have watched my son bloom. Sam is a speacial little boy. He has taught me so much , I’m proud of him. Special thanks to Dr. JPS Mazumdaar( paediatrician) , Dr Shalini (occupational therapist), Dr Lera Kaul and Ranjana mam( speech therapist) and Kidz team.

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