Friday, September 18, 2009

Now We Know...

Now we know how hard Emma has to work to make it through each day.

Now we know why Emma behaves uniquely.

Now we know that her actions are not defiant.

Now I know that I should have LISTENED to my gut instinct from day #1...I am not crazy after all. (Well, maybe I am still crazy....but I was RIGHT about my daughter)!

Now we know what we need to do to help Emma reach her full potential.

....now we know that Emma has Autism.

The results of Emma's testing were shared with us this afternoon. Emma is a "Atypical High-Functioning Autistic". Please don't ask me to explain the term in detail because my brain is like jello. I am taking it all in. When I am more educated I will be sharing Emma's progress from time to time on the blog. But, for now you can watch the following video if you want to understand how Emma's mind works. It is in simple terms and easy to understand. My dear friend Sarah shared this video with me and tutored me on how to upload it to my blog. (Thanks Sarah)!





One thing that I want to make clear is that Emma is STILL Emma. She is funny and sweet and I really can not imagine our lives without her in it. :)I am proud to be Emma's Mommy. We don't want anybody's pity, we just want people to understand our family. Don't assume that we don't socialize because we are rude, it is because sometimes doing the "normal stuff" is HARD.

3 comments:

Beth said...

Megan, first off, I'm so happy for you that "now you know". I know it's been a long time of trying to figure out how exactly what Emma needs. So, it is great that you now know what direction you need to go to make things easier for Emma.
Second, I agree. She is still Emma. Still beautiful. Still full of life. Still a big sister to Sophie. Still Emma. :)
Thanks for sharing the video, because I honestly knew very little about Autism, and I love that they explained it in really simple terms.
Looking forward to more pictures and udpates of the girls!

Mom 2 six said...

Megan- Our Hayden is the same. Don't hesitate to email if you need anything !!

Suz said...

Megan,

This is my first time at your blog. A friend gave me the link so I could see that video, which, btw, is great. I'd like to buy dozens of that book and hand them out.

My daughter, Julia, who is 8, was diagnosied almost 2 years ago as PDD-NOS. She was only home for a little bit more than a year and her english was not good enough for them to assess exactly wher she was intellectually.

We knew something was wrong as soon as we met her but it took what seemed like forever to figure out what it was. And then we were both shocked and relieved. Since then we have done so much to help Julia and she is blooming. She learned to read this summer and is having a rather noisy playdate as I type.

I hope you don't mind if I follow your journey. We are at http://spicydragon-sb.blogspot.com/ is you want to see what we are up to.

All the best,
Suzanne

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