AUTISM. An absolutely heartbreaking word to write and to say out loud. Now to be clear, I debated long and hard about whether to post this, but I have always be open and honest about Julian’s journey, in hopes that it helps others, so I decided that I HAVE to post this. It’s so beyond hard to write it, let alone say it, and heavens knows my eyes are almost completely swollen shut form crying, but I want to get it out there as an encouragement to anyone who needs it.
As many of you know, for the past four years or so Julian has been diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Social Communication Disorder. His Apraxia has gone from severe to mild, which is absolutely incredible, but the SCD has become more pronounced.
TJ and I have had our suspicions for a while, and Julian’s TOUGH adjustment to Kindergarten has made it quite clear that we needed to have him seen again.
Today his Developmental Pediatrician agreed with what we have been thinking, that he has Asbergers, which is now known as “high functioning Autism.” He needs an official diagnosis by a psychologist, but that is what we are facing and we implicitly trust his Developmental Pediatrician, he has been doing this for decades.
He is smart as a whip, so his autism is more behavioral, but we still have a battle in front of us. But we also know he is a total rockstar and will get through this too, just like everything else!
Oh Julian, you are our hero buddy, and we love you more than you will ever know. You’ve got this little dude, you’ve got this!!