I would like to tell you about my son’s journey in the past year. What’s so special about this I hear you ask? You see its special as my son is autistic. He was diagnosed at 3 years old with autism and global under development and hyper mobility.
Let’s begin the journey it started a year ago when he began to attend a special school. He started school unable to read, write or talk. His idea of talking was continuous high pitched banshee screams for hours on end. He was unable to communicate.
We had started working with a speech and language therapist who introduced him to PECS and Mackaton, this started to break down the communication barrier, and he was at last able to communicate with us. His use of PECS and Mackaton ( type of sign language) was very basic when he started school.
Soon after starting he began to come home signing new words and using PECS more. By Christmas he had began talking and interacting more. Each day he was improving and his confidence grew. Then he came home and read his first ever book to me, what a real lump in the throat moment that was and a day I thought I would never see.
A year on we went to a parent’s consultation at the school to be told that he was really excelling at school and they now want to look into integrating him in a main stream school part time to begin but the goal is for him to finally move to a main stream school altogether.