Welcome to Izaiah's Scroll, I feel so fortunate to have another child on the spectrum! Izaiah is two and some of his issues are similiar to big sister Ashi, and some are different. The major differences are that Izaiah is a boy, he has more sensory issues, and his autism seems to be a 'lighter shade' (so far).
They have many things in common such as avoiding socializing at this young age, having repetitive behaviors, and talking late. Ashi was non-verbal until after her 4th birthday. At 27 months, Izaiah is still non-verbal. None of these are shocking to me, because as autists, these things are all normal!
My focus for Izaiah's Scroll will be speech therapy and sensory integration. I'm excited to be able to share our successes and failures, our ups and downs right as they happen, just like a journey! My goal is to empower parents by providing creative ways to work with your own kids at home. Even if you receive therapy somewhere else, working with your children can help cement success.
The last thing that will be unique about Izaiah's Scroll is that I will incorporate God's encouragement to us found throughout the Bible.
I will continue to post on Ashi's Gift Blog. It is full of OT ideas, issues that specifically relate to autism such as meltdowns, transitioning, etc., and ultimately issues that affect 'tweens on the spectrum. So please visit over there too!
Here's some encouragement from God's Word: Izaiah 12:2 says "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation." Remember, when we are walking with the LORD, we have nothing to fear - that includes autism! When we feel scared, anxious, or overwhelmed by a diagnosis or by behaviors, we can turn to Him. He takes away our fears and carries them for us. It lightens our load so that we can care for our families with patience and compassion. We feel like singing instead of throwing ourselves in front of a bus! So, hang in there and trust in Him! He is our salvation; He is our rescuer! He holds our children even tighter than we do. Take a deep breath. Everything will be okay.
Annie Eskeldson writes for parents of young autists. Her youngest is 27 months and loves running, jumping and spinning. Her oldest,age 8, is an intense researcher,and an 'A' student. Annie has 3 published children's books about autism that also nurture parents. Check them out! Ashi's Gift Website