Dear Autism

by Silvana Karim
(Corona, CA)

Dear Autism,

It's been at least 7 years since you came to visit and you haven't left my home. From the looks of things you're here to stay. You didn't forget to affect my youngest one too. I'm grateful everyday that I see progress in my kids. It's a gradual process.

Therapies, teachers, doctors are all needed together to try and educate them and help teach us the tools needed to reach them. Therapies often replace the outings such as baseball games, karate lessons and movies other kids get to enjoy that go with regular childhood development.

I'm still waiting to hear my little one talk to me. I know that he will. We all wait anxiously. This year he'll be potty trained! My middle one is beginning to understand what danger is and his running into traffic has stopped.

Thank you for letting him enjoy his first Ferris wheel ride! Autism, I often wonder what the future holds for my kids. I hope they continue to grow in maturity and awareness, and give us hope for a better tomorrow.

By the way, did I tell you that I want them to go to college, get married and have children of their own?

Autism, some families aren't aware of therapies and organizations out there that can help parents cope and reach their kids.

Please wear blue tomorrow to help raise awareness for this devastating disorder. It helps reach families to know that there is help for their kids and themselves.

God Bless our kids and kids all over the world. My heart will never recover but seeing my children and others like them progress makes me bleed a little less.

Amen to that!
Mother of 3 kids - 2 with autism

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