About This BlogWhen Eric’s symptoms of autism were at their most severe, he was four years old, had very limited language, and eye-contact seemed like a painful act. There were some unusual behaviors and reactions that would test our sanity, not because of the action itself, but because we were desperately trying to figure out what was going on in his brain. What was Eric thinking? What was he afraid of? Why was he doing that? He did not have the words to tell us then. Fast forward ten years --Eric speaks! He is fourteen now. And he remembers some of those events from early childhood and can explain some of those feelings he had.
I hope that in sharing what I have learned from Eric on this site, that I might be able to help other parents understand their child’s behavior who may be experiencing something similar. To help them understand their child now and not in ten years.
My secondary goal is to relate current events in Eric’s life. Journal-like entries that will talk about things like school, milestones, teaching methods that are working or not, etc.
Update 4/12/2013This blog is continuing to evolve just as Eric's life does. Eric is aware of "our" blog, and that anyone can see it. He is fine with that and wants to know if he'll be famous.
It is still a main goal to share background information and videos from Eric's early childhood as a reference for other parents. But another direction this blog is naturally heading deals more with the present. Eric will be entering high school this fall, bringing on a whole new set of challenges. As I struggle and work through them, maintaining this blog is helping me organize my thoughts as I decide what is important and what to let go. Even though I am the author, seeing my thoughts in a concrete form outside of my head offers me a fresh perspective. As if I am reading someone else's life. This sometimes results in my needing to edit my words and other times to re-evaluate my way of thinking.
I'm Eric's mom.