How Speech Therapy Gave Me My Son 

Our first son was a lover-

I mean super affectionate crazy snuggler.

He was such a happy baby with a smile for everyone.

He then turned into a toddler with a hug for everyone.

We never dreamed we would ever hear the words-

“I think your son may be on the spectrum.”

What? Our happy social butterfly? On the Autism Disorder Spectrum?

But I guess they call it a spectrum for a reason.

While I had heard of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) I was definitely not familiar with all that it entailed.The more I learn about it I can see my son indeed is on the spectrum. But this seemingly ominous diagnosis actually doesn’t change a thing except that it can give us the tools he needs to find his voice.

Of course those words are hard to hear. But it also gives a relief. When your two and a half year old hasn’t said a single word in his lifetime you start to wonder what’s going on. We were both frustrated at this gap in our ability to communicate. He was in a prison of his own mind unable to let me know what he was thinking or wanting or even needing. My heart was broken because I was afraid I would never know my son.

This is where Speech Therapy came in.

Again something I was completely unfamiliar with aside from my own research and attempts to teach my son how to talk. Our son responded beautifully after just a couple of months of therapy.

The first time he signed “more” I cried. I laughed. I swung my son around praising him like a crazy person. The gap was beginning to close. Hope came crashing in like a wave. Some day I might be able to actually know my son.

I did this again the first time he held his arms outstretched and verbalised the word, “Up.”

He was almost 3.

The wait was worth it.

And I thank God every day for speech therapy and our wonderful therapist.

 

If you are struggling with similar things I hope you can find help locally. You can read here some tips on how we work with our son to find his voice. Always feel free to reach out.

3 thoughts on “How Speech Therapy Gave Me My Son 

  1. Love this post ❤️ He is so precious and we so love all the words that are beginning to emerge. And his sweet little voice … oh melt my heart

  2. Alaina, this is beautiful! So exciting to hear how you guys are doing on this journey.

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