Well we have had a busy morning, which is why you haven’t heard very much from me yet today! Dylan has just started on a homeopathic treatment through Houson Homeopathy. Since he refuses to put anything unfamiliar in his mouth (including fruit, cookies, pretzels or anything else he has never eaten), getting him to take his remedies three times per day has been quite the effort. Finally, he is beginning to allow us to give them without too much fussing (except today!) and we are hopeful that we will see some positive progress from this.
For those new to the blog, my youngest son is four years old and autistic. We have him in preschool three hours per day, and therapists come to our home to teach him for another three hours per day. A year ago, he was nonverbal and did not understand simple commands. Today, he has a vocabulary of hundreds of words. He understands much of what we ask of him (e.g. sit in chair, open door, put your shoes away, etc.) and has recently been volunteering words in an appropriate way. He tells me “stop it”, “c’mon” and when I ask him to show me body parts, he points to them and says “right there”. I am beyond thrilled.
I know it doesn’t sound like much. But we celebrate every small success and hold on to all the hope we can. It helps to know that folks like Temple Grandin, who didn’t speak until she was four, now hold a PhD! His future is wide open!
If you’d like to read about what we’re doing, here’s you can find more details:
- An Overview of Autism and What Has Helped Us
- Our Summer Preschool Program Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Words of Gratitude
- Inspiration for the Waiting
- Saving for an iPad to help with academics
- Praying about Homeschooling
- Starting over with food diary to document behavior/attention/intestinal changes
- Changing to Body Ecology Coconut Kefir as recommended by my friend Joanna
- Adding Organic Coconut Oil to his diet
- Removing current multivitamin and replacing with Biosuperfood as recommended by homeopath
I need to thank all of you who so kindly pray for us, ask about Dylan, and send me notes of encouragement. One of the things that makes blogging so fulfilling is having a network of caring women who offer support and wisdom. I can’t tell you what that means to me