Hello, Everyone! I thought I’d do a quick “about us” for those of you who have joined us.
We knew our little Lila was different from the get-go, even though she was our first and only child. She was extremely colicky and would scream for hours on end. Terrible GI issues, acid reflux, and sleep problems from the beginning.
My husband and I live in Oklahoma (service-wise it is unfortunately one of the absolute worst places to live with a child with autism).
However, we got involved with SoonerStart when Lila was 15 months old (she just turned 2!) and we have the BEST therapist/angel ever to help both Lila and us through this journey (Janet). She is our Yoda, our Mary Poppins, you name it – and we’re extremely lucky to have her as an integral part our lives.
11 months ago Lila would barely even acknowledge my husband and me. She was often in her own little world. We’ve come such a long way since then, and we’re so grateful. It’s taken a lot of hard work by both Lila and us to get to where we are now. Most all of our interactions have some sort of therapeutic component, and it has worked wonders.
Lila is the most amazing human being I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet. She’s incredibly smart, beautiful, funny, and such a little fighter. She has to work so hard just to be “okay” in our world. I’m so proud of her, and she teaches us something new every single day.
That being said, there are a LOT of challenges to having a toddler with autism. I created our Facebook page (and this blog page) to help maintain my sanity, and to connect with others in a similar situation.