Watching Daniel Bloom

Making friends at the park

Posted on: April 24, 2011

It’s Easter weekend, and we finally, finally, got a couple of hours of good weather, so we went down to the “boat park” (as we like to call it) to give the kids some playtime. I was stressing somewhat, thinking a lot about the appointment we had yesterday with the pediatrician. We (the ped, his wife – who happens to work with autistic children, Andrew and I) all agreed that it was time to get a more intensive behavioral assessment done for Daniel to a) get an official “piece of paper” (aka formal diagnosis) that would justify future support services and b) better understand the degree to which he falls on the spectrum and how we can best support him moving forward. We also agreed that hyperlexia is certainly a possibility, and worth exploring further.  While I’m aware that all of this is positive in terms of moving forward and doing something productive, but it’s still harder than hard to accept the fact that maybe, just maybe, we really are dealing with Autism spectrum disorder.

Anyway, I guess sometimes “signs” happen at the right time. Low and behold, a little boy Daniel’s age came up to him at the park and asked him to play, and wouldn’t you know it, he actually smiled with a big grin, and followed the other little boy. What followed nearly floored me – he clearly started playing, and even “TALKING”! to this new friend. Wow. What an amazing thing to watch. The two of them chased each other around, climbed up the climber together and slid down the double slide hand in hand. What an amazing thing to see. And a clear sign that Daniel is socializing and gaining key skills in that area.

It reminds me of what the neurologist said to me before we were discharged from the hospital a couple of weeks ago…”Never stop having hope, and faith in Daniel, and never stop being positive. It is the most important thing you can do for him”. Well, today I jumped back on the “positive hope train”.

Happy Easter indeed.

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