HEHE me again.
eilish was diagnosed as moderate to severe before the meeting (right after seeing the doctor) they ask alot of questions, they observe your child and make a generalisation i guess and then the ball starts moving. you see someone in your state we went to autismsa (since we live in south australia)
before kindy, eilish wouldnt look anyone (but me and sometimes her father and nan) in the eye. she wouldnt play with other children, we were never included in games, but now to see how much kindy has helped (she has an aide who follows her around to make sure she stays safe in the yard) but shes allowing eye contact to kindy staff AND her aide. shes beginning to interact with other children, shes just started to become more aware (in the fact shes noticing a little more) err she has been getting her face up close to a few kids in the fact as saying IM HERE LOOK AT ME) shes still classed non verbal although she says Mum, Nan, Bubba, good girl and oh wow.. and now has added oh no and daddy in.. usually only when daddy takes something away from her its ohno daddy) she LOVES her computer (its nothing special) but i've gotten through to her with her dora the explorer games SHE LOVES DORA and now since a game shes copying in real life, she finds gumnuts at kindy and she plants them in the sandpit lol. shes initiating play and contact and shes beginning to imitate and copy things which is a brilliant step on her part. she loves her voice and makes noises most of the time, she stims a little too. she only lines things up sometimes (usually when out of her comfort zone) its her way of bringing order to a new environment. she still drinks ALOT of milk, (shes 4, 5 in june) but she loves her fruit and vegies. i cant think of anything else right now. except we are saving up to go to the states, there is a program there to help our children and i've seen AMAZING results. if you want a copy of the dvd's that have been burnt for me please please send me an email and i will post you a copy as soon as i can. most parents take sooo much for granted when it comes to their children. and you will rejoice for any little milestone our children are special and need alot of our love and they bloom. we are blessed. eilish has taught me so much over the last 4 yrs of her life. she is my world. sometimes i feel pity but most times i would love to go into her world and see what she sees. shes so happy there, she has a wonderful sense of humor and her giggle is infectious. i hope i've helped really, if you need to chat please dont hesitate to chat, i'd even be willing to call you if you wanted some support. you are not alone! please remember this. we are just about to start PECS and hoping this is a good means of communication. the success rate is good the speech therapist says. never lose sight of what brings you strength!!!
Narelle, Eilish 5th june 2002 TTC since dec 2002