Losing Your Child to Autism
Like any other family you are the proud parent of a very happy, beautiful and smart child. Everything is going great, they are hitting all their milestones and you go about your life...Then one morning no different then any other you go to wake your child and get ready for the day and they look at you as if they don’t know who you are. This is one mothers experience about her son thats on the Autism Spectrum.
Shocked at first, you might brush it off thinking they are just tired or having an off day as most of us do sometimes. Then as the next few days go by they no longer smile or look at you, those cute high pitch voices saying “mama”, “dada” “cookie” are no longer heard, nothing not even a whine or a cry. By the end of the week you realize your child is gone. All you are left with is their tiny little body to care for and feed. They have lost their personality, facial expressions, language, eye contact and what seems like all motivation to interact with anyone or anything. As a parent your devastated and heart broken not just once but each and every day, you keep hoping tomorrow will bring something back, maybe they will snap out of it, maybe tomorrow will be a better day. Read the rest of this story "Losing Your Child to Autism" on Triblocal
This is one families struggle with Autism and Austin has this struggle every minute of every day for the past 4 ½ years.
He’s been receiving speech and occupational therapy weekly since he was just under 2 years old, and he is just now starting to understand and use the ability of communication through the PECS system, but Austin’s insurance is maxed out for the year, with 6 months to go until the new calendar year for the insurance to start paying claims again, that’s 6 months of regression. Enough to have to start back just about where we started, not to mention the frustration he will have once again not being able to communicate, he has a long way to go and no time to be going backward if he is to have the chance of a normal happy life, that we all hope is possible with continued therapy.
We will gather and live out our rock star dreams singing in front of a live band. We will be raffling off some great items and some have taken the challenge to be a sponsored singer helping raise money for Austin's treatment.
What: Sing-A-Thon for Austin
When: 3/9/2011 7pm - 11pm
Where: America's Historic Roundhouse