I’ve seen a few comments lately, and just so we’re clear – if you want to:
1.) Recommend that we put Lila in ABA therapy for 40 hours a week (and feel we’re failing her in some way by not doing so),
2.) Insinuate that there’s hope that one day she will look “normal” and no one will know that there’s anything “wrong with her”,
3.) Pray for her to be “normal”,
4.) Or if you feel that she is “less than” in any way in her current place in life…
This is probably not the page for you. She goes to special needs pre-K where she receives speech and OT – at home we’re a floor-time family. We use what she’s passionate about 24/7 to help her progress with speech, fine motor skills, joint attention, etc. – and it works extremely well for all of us.
We all work very hard over here – and if she doesn’t feel safe and completely loved – she shuts down and cannot learn. That’s who she is – and it’s beautiful, regardless of how much progress she does or does not make.
It is not our intent to stifle her beautiful little autistic self in any way, shape, or form. We actually join in whatever she’s interested in, and we stim with her! It’s encouraged – it’s a form of expression/communication for her. We just want her to be happy, and to help her become the best Lila she can be.
Just wanted to make sure we’re all on the same page – and if not – our story is probably not one you’ll want to follow. Lots of love to you and yours! 💖