Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders, affecting millions in the U.S. alone. As these rates continue to rise, so does the need for acceptance. Through awareness comes understanding, and with understanding comes acceptance. While Autism is a spectrum, it is constantly being portrayed in the media and seen by socitey as a very flat one sided role. When in reaility people on the spectrum are extremely diverse.
Autism has no look. Autism does not define a person's abilities or potential. Most importantly Autism does not discriminate between male and female, or race and creed. There is no early detection or medical test available to diagnose ASD, just a series of testing through evaluations usually performed by a trained psychologist. With Autism being a neurological disorder how severely a person is affected varies.
Olive is our spunky 6 year who is on the spectrum. She was diagnosed at with ASD at the age of two. Around the age of 4 she began finding her voice, and is now verbal. Olive loves coloring and being a big sister. Her favorite thing to do is to play at the park, and catch up on her favorite Youtube videos. If being an Autism mom has taught me anything, it’s to celebrate the little things and always trust your instincts. At the end of the day, no one knows your child like you.