So, its official...
I'm not crazy!! (well, not severely anyway!)
For us, ignorance has NOT been bliss. Ever since we had concerns about Jayce's diet, sleep habits, hand flapping, and lack of speech at age 18 months old, we have been living in a world of uncertainty. Is it autism? Is it sensory intergration dysfunction? Is he normal and our parenting sucks? Is it just a mild learning disability? Just a speech delay? Are we just making all this crap up?
Now, we have an official diagnosis. High-functioning autism. Meaning, Jayce falls on the spectrum that is known as autism, but his symptoms are mild. Yet, he has enough characteristics to meet criteria for this diagnosis. Really, its the best thing we could hope for, as funny as that sounds. We know Jayce needs help adapting to his every day life. We know he responds to therapy and diet interventions remarkably well. So, I was really hoping for this "label" to be on official paperwork so we could open more doors for services.
Yet, having an autism label is scary. After all, its a life-long mental disorder with an unknown cause and an unknown future. Except that I don't worry about Jayce's future. He's going to be fine, I honestly believe that. He has too many positives going for him NOT to be. I am going to help him learn to play with toys appropriately, He is going to learn how to make friends. He will learn how to use speech in every day conversation and in social situations. He is very smart and very bright. Combine that with happy and affectionate, and he's got a great future ahead of him. And, if he doesn't meet these goals that we have for him, well.... he can always get a job as a computer programmer like his daddy :)