When my twins were born 25 years ago, there were no autism support groups or Internet chat rooms. But, thanks to her neurotypical twin brother, our family recognized early on that something wasn’t right with Samantha. Matt began pointing at objects and asking questions; Samantha rocked and stared into space. By the time she was 12 months old, she’d been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Delays, although no one actually said the A-word.
While researching treatments, I also worked with Samantha to keep her calm and stimulate her thinking. Along the way, I learned as much from her as she learned from me. . . .
I’m less than a week away from the publication of my book, My Picture Perfect Family! As part of the lead-up to launch I wrote an essay on “What I learned About My Autistic Daughter” that was published onTime magazine’s website this morning! What a nice way to start the day!
Here’s an excerpt from the article, and you can follow the link below to read the whole thing on Time’s website: