We got our son's official diagnosis in July 2016. He was 3.5.

Walking into the appointment we were pretty convinced we would walk out with a diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). But we had no idea what that meant as far as what to DO about it.

Our son was diagnosed with:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
Speech and Language Disorder

The developmental pediatrician and psychologist provided some steps on where to start looking for info, but, if you've ever taken a look at a website on ASD or sensory processing disorder it feels like massive overwhelm.

Not to mention, the emotional experience of finding out your kid has that thing you've been afraid of for a while. That elephant in the room just becomes massive and you cannot wrap your head around what to do next.

This blog is our personal experience of how we recognized, discovered, and took action to start helping our son have the best support and life even in the face of an autism diagnosis.
My hope is this blog serves as a place of refuge and solidarity for other parents while navigating the funny, frustrating, and sometimes, very scary emotional waters this experience can bring.

*Please note: I am not a doctor or therapist. I am not a diagnostician. I'm just a mom doing anything she can to keep her kid safe, healthy, and happy.