My son is 5 years and 2 months old now. He got his ASD diagnosis on Sep, 2009. However, we had started sending him to OpenMind Alliance since July, 2009 – before he was formally diagnosed. At the same time we tried our best to teach him at home.
Only 13 months ago, he could not say even a single word. He cried and yelled for very small thing. He did not listen and couldn't follow any instruction. We could not understand his needs. He had lots of persistent and strange behaviors such as sitting on the same chair, walking the same road, not allowing us to change his shoes... always jumping, running… He was lonely in daycare, sitting in the corner or lying on the floor. We were all exhausted and frustrated.
Today, he communicates in simple sentences and he greets others appropriately. He can now count, spell, read and write short words. From our home program, he has learned to be totally self sufficient in self care. He has also become a good helper at shopping. In short, he has made incredible progress in a short 15-month period.
My son still needs a lot of guidance – as do any other 5 years olds.
I am glad that we have never worried about not being the experts. No ASD parent is a born expert. However, a positive attitude and always believe in my child get us through the difficult times.
Being positive and never to give up is very important.
the Hu family