The thing is, I get it. I get why he wants to run around in the middle of the night…
He smiles big and I can see that he knows it’s special. He knows it’s for him.
When my son was very young and newly diagnosed with Autism, everyone was sure he would be “just fine”.
This isn’t a milestone that works in the form of a soundbite. It requires a backstory and explanation, but it’s truly a major achievement.
Answers that people usually would turn to a parent for are answers you don’t have.
Whether someone can respond in the traditional sense or not, it doesn’t affect the vital role that the people who love them play in their lives.
The hardest thing about my non-verbal son’s first day of school was sending him alone on that bus.
Surely he’d talk by three. When three came and went, it was surely four. It was a never ending cycle of “everything will be different next year.”