My Child Has Autism I Feel Guilty
My daughter has autism spectrum disorder I feel guilty we did not know sooner. We noticed when she was 14 months old that she had stopped babbling, clapping and waving. She no longer made eye contact with any of us . We became extremely worried and approached the doctor to be told all children are different. I was worrying about nothing, just an over anxious mother.
We continued with our lives but I was becoming more and more worried and in the end I talked to a lady from our local Sure Start centre.
Sure Start were a great support and they noted our concerns and placed our daughter on a CAF refferal and advised us to put her in nursery which I didn’t want to do. She was 16 months by this time and not speaking a single word. She refused to be picked up and would circle toys, round and round and round they would go.
She began nursery although I was reluctant to try this, I was desperate to help her in any way I could. She had her appointment with the specialist a month later. After reciving the forms and reports it was decided she was on the autism scale and would have to under go regular assesments.
I blamed myself and I shut out family and friends. I did loads of research on autism , diets and never lost faith. Fourteen months later and we have 4 words , she will look at you and she will approach other children. She also eats solid food an improvement on stage 1 baby food that she would demand.
I have accepted her condition and raised funds for autism. Its going to take another 8 months till I get a statement of education. I intend to give my daughter a normal life my view is she’s a person who is unique in every way.
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