Many have seen the symbol for autism which is a puzzle piece that is missing from a puzzle. I have always been a firm believer that to have a special needs child it takes special parents to have a child with a specific need. Our sweet Adrian was declared autistic at 2 years of age. We had our world shaken when we were told about this our dreams and expectations went for one extreme to another. God seemed very far from us but little did we know that GOD was there every step of the way. The Lord showed us immediately that we needed to trust him and we began going on a road that is not common to all parents. Life seemed so much more scarier of the uncertainty that we would be facing with Adrian.
So we began the process of therapies, we even put him in a daycare because he needed to be with other children with a routine. The therapist would come to our home and to his daycare to give him therapies. But of course we had people who would tell us that Adrian would not be able to do stuff for himself and he wouldn’t get to master certain developmental goals. We had a couple of negative people around us and that affected us to some extent.
But GOD has given us the strength to continue and to push him forward a lot of things that professionals said he wouldn’t be able to do. He does and that is truly a blessing from GOD. We know we have a long road ahead with him but we take it one day at a time and in hope that GOD will grant us the desires of our heart to hear him speak one day.
Adrian is now 8 years old nonverbal but a lovable little boy who with just a smile melts the heart of many people. This is what makes us a unique family.