Hello everyone, I know I haven’t written in a long time, but I haven’t found the time and sometimes even the strength to write. However, today I had to take a moment to update our blog. Today was one of the days we had been waiting since day one of the autism diagnosis. The day you get a call and hear “After scoring his evaluation we found out he doesn’t need more of this intervention.”
This time of the year is when Guto is due for his yearly speech therapy re-evaluation. His therapist had started his eval on Monday. We talked about his evaluation score on Wednesday and had to wait on his Montessori School teacher’s eval to finish his scoring, so I have been preparing myself for the possible final score since Wednesday.
When his therapist told me on Wednesday that he may test out of speech, a mix of emotions took over me. I was extremely happy with that possibility because it proved that everything we were doing up to this point was apparently right and had helped our son. We have always had so much support and this would change what has become our normal. I don’t like change, especially when things are working. You don’t change a team that is winning, right? I was beyond happy to know my son was progressing so well that having speech therapy was one less thing he needed, but at the same time I got scared, and anxious.Today I got the confirmation, Gustavo officially tested out of speech. My boy is improving tremendously, and he does not need speech therapy right now. I know this may change in the future (he will be re-evaluated in 6 months), but for now I am trying to enjoy this milestone. The reality is that we live in a crazy, unpredictable and sometimes cruel world. It scares me to think that he may not be able to express himself if something bad happens to him or if someone makes him feel worthless.
He is going to start kindergarten in August and I know how kids can be cruel. I guess I will try to worry about that whenever the time comes, but for now I will just enjoy more time with my boy, especially now that I gained an extra 120 minutes a week with him since he is not gonna be in speech therapy anymore!
I may be a little scared about what the future holds, but I am so proud of him for all the effort, sacrifices and progress he has made. He is truly an amazing gift!
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifices and most of all, love. (Pele)”