Friday, 5 July 2013

Every little step

Good day everyone, I hope you are all well!

I want to apologize for my long absence and offer up no excuse for the lack of attention I paid to these musings.

I got lost in the forest of procrastination, but I somehow found my way out.

Before I begin, I would like to give my first time readers a little recap.

This blog is about my son, Christian Peter Traverse who was diagnosed in 2010 with high functioning autism.

To date he has received many treatments, some completed and some ongoing and has been doing  very well despite the late diagnosis.

Currently, one of Christian's therapies is regular visits with his social worker who provides a safe and fun place for Christian to be himself and talk.

Christian's social worker, who I will affectionately call Mr. G, uses play to achieve his goal in getting Christian to open up.

Not an easy task in my opinion, as Christian finds it difficult to talk about anything, especially if it is personal. However, with Mr. G, Christian has no trouble in telling Mr. G things he would not normally tell anyone else.

In the process of this therapy, Christian  not only gets to express his thoughts and emotions, but he learns valuable lessons through the role play.

Some of the valuable lessons learned are, how to accept all people, even if they are different than you and how to handle bullies the smart way; just to name a couple.

In a short amount of time, my son has learned so much from his sessions that I can see him grow and mature into the wonderful man that he will be in the not so distant future.

As his mother, through the frustrations and triumphs that come with raising an autistic child, I have learned that every little step leads to a big victory.