Making it official!
It's amazing what a relief it was to have the psychologist emphatically say that it was obvious and to immediately start him on 10 hours a week with a skills trainer.
Obviously, it's not that I am glad the is has Autism, but I am so glad that he is going to finally get more therapy! Also it just feels like a weight off my shoulders. The "what if I'm wrong" somehow? I didn't want to be the crazy person convinced my son was autistic then turn out wrong; because I would have felt really badly for selling him short of his abilities. I don't think I am saying this right. Sigh.... Anyway, so many people in my life that did not get to see him regularly have seemingly tried to make me feel nuts for feeling like I knew he had it. The thing is that at this point, after all the work we've done at such an early age, he is very high functioning. I'm sure the people in my life meant well, they probably thought they were reassuring me. In reality it made me feel paranoid. But I kept thinking to myself, I am the only person in his entire life who has spent this much time with him; we need to figure this out.
I am so glad I've stuck through this far, and with the progress he's made so far, I think his future looks so bright... "I'll need sunglasses" ;) Really though. Going from nonverbal and non responsive before the iron fix and Early Intervention, the difference is astounding and encouraging!
If you ever have concerns for your baby's development, don't hesitate to call EI (birth-3). Even if all it does is give you piece of mind! The earlier the intervention, the better the result in most cases!