Questions. We all have them. I think we have them even more after a family member is diagnosed with a mental health condition. I know I did. For sure after we learned my twins had autism. I sort of knew what it was, but not fully. A family friend had a son with autism and that’s all I knew. Here are the questions that ran through my mind.
- Did I cause this? No. We don’t cause our children to have this.
- What causes Autism? Research suggests that autism develops from a combination of genetic and non genetic or environmental influences. It is generally accepted that it is caused be abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children on the spectrums.
- What does this mean for my boys? What I’ve found is that it means they’ll always be a little slower at picking up on certain things. At times behavior will be an issue, but with tons of ABA therapy and consequences they do learn to stop doing those things. It may take them a little longer to pick up things in school, but they get there. What it doesn’t mean is that life is over for them. It’s just beginning.
- What therapy is there to help? Oh my! There’s so much. It all depends on what your child will need what you will be looking for. My twins have had speech, occupational and ABA therapy. They still continue with two of these. I’m looking into music therapy next.
- What does it mean for their future? This one I’m not sure, but I know God knows what he’s doing.
These are just a few of the questions that I had at first. The ones I have are always changing as things come up for my twins an also my middle child who has aspies.
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog you can find her writing about being an author, her faith and family. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.