I just realized that I haven’t talked about our Autism journey enough on here, which is the whole reason I started this blog. If you are friends with me on Facebook you probably see posts about Jayce and pictures so you know a little about what’s going on, but I wanted to post an update here, too! My first post on this blog was sharing our journey to finding out Jayce was on the spectrum and you can read that HERE. I have also shared a few other Autism related posts including THIS post to encourage other parents who may have recently gotten a diagnosis and THIS post to share some of our daily challenges and struggles at the time.
Those posts were written about 10 months ago, it’s now been a year and a half since we received the Autism diagnosis and Jayce started going to his current preschool. SO much has happened in that amount of time and SO much progress has been made since my last blog updates.
While we still have some struggles, but I can happily say that for the most part Jayce is caught up with his age! Jayce’s speech is right on target with his age and sometimes more developed. He speaks in clear, complete sentences… Heck sometimes we have to try to get him to STOP talking haha! He talks nonstop and while it’s exhausting at times, I have to stop and think about how far he has come from hardly talking at all not that long ago! Communication is so important and the fact that he can clearly communicate anything he wants now and carry on conversations makes life way less stressful for him and us.
His reputation has gotten so much better and he doesn’t repeat things over and over as much anymore or get stuck on particular things. He may for a moment but he has the ability to stop himself and move on from it now.
Being in school everyday, going to church, and going to playgrounds often has made a big difference in his social interactions. He now plays properly with toys and with others. He’s starting to understand more and more what is acceptable and what is not. (Well, as much as a 4 year old can understand. 😉 ) Being around kids all the time and having the guidance of his amazing teachers and therapists has been so good for him!
As far as the hand flapping goes, he still does it occasionally, but not often. Only when he’s REALLY excited and as soon as he does it, he puts his hands down and tries to control it. The awareness that comes with age is starting to kick in and his knowledge of what’s “normal” is growing as well.
We are still working on potty training, that’s our goal this summer! He knows when he needs to go and will sit on the potty when I direct him to, but he won’t ask to go very often. Work in progress!
When it comes to the future and what’s ahead for little Jayce, I know it’s all going to be great! I used to be so worried about what his life would look like and if he would have a full life. I had no idea the progress he would be able to make though. I have no doubts now that he’s going to be just fine and experience all the things a “normal” person does in their life. He was recently accepted into the all day program at his school and will be going from 8-3 starting in August rather than 8-11 like he has been up to this point. He’s done so well with just 3 hours a day, I cannot wait to see how he does going all day long! 🙂 His class he has been in is a special education class with other children that have delays, but the all day class he will be moving to (which is an adjoining class to his current one and a teacher he sees daily) will have non-special education students in it as well. His teachers are fairly confident that Jayce will be able to go into a general education kindergarten and do just fine!
We are so proud of our sweet boy and so happy that he’s getting to experience everything that other children get to experience.