A year ago, when our little Lucky used to hide alone in the garden with Woody, Jessie, and Buzz, we never dreamed how our lives were going to change, and what roller coaster ride we were about to embark on.
Last year June we first found out that Lucky is autistic. He was diagnosed as high-functioning, non-verbal, ADHD, with SPD, and labelled with a whole lot more autistic behavioural traits. In one way we were initially quite upset, but in another relieved because we now had the opportunity to “understand” our little Lucky better. And, as you can imagine, we can finally start meeting his specific daily needs in the mix of our messy hooligan nest! Times were hard in the ensuing months following his diagnosis, with a new baby in the house, preparing to move across continents from Africa to a new home in England (including the small matter of a sojourn in Southern France), and therapy three times a week, life was all consuming.
Since his diagnosis, he has learned some new words (that mostly only we understand), and grown developmentally thanks to wonderful therapists! We as a family have had to change many things to adapt as well. For instance, we had to abandon our homeschooling experiment so the older boys could once again receive age appropriate attention and education. With Lucky’s therapy and Miss Mouse there isn’t much time for homeschooling the older boys.
As any parent of an autistic child will know, every day is an adventure, and no two days the same. And every time you think, “look, I’ve got the hank off this”, you get thrown into the deep end once more of the autism world!
There are a few things that have changed for the better in the last year of course: we have finally settled for the fist time in 6 years, we’ve traveled quite a bit, which has had it’s pros and cons for our colourful family, and instilled a greater understanding of Lcuky’s support from all of us. But I must say, one of the things I am most happy about is that we have eagerly accepted new friends for Lucky as part of our family; for a long time Woody, Jessie, and Buzz have been his only friends, but we have been fortunate to welcome Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa, Po and Winnie the Pooh as part of our family. And let me tell you, the diversity has been a blessing 🙂
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