After weeks of evaluations, we were given an answer, but it was not what we were expecting.
Lucas’ diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was just after his fourth birthday.
Lucas continued on his own efforts to write letters to Tyler and they then began texting and talking on the phone.
Lucas carefully selected items for care packages (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, warm blanket, inspirational movies like “Dolphin Tale”, “Soul Surfer”); Lucas is very detail oriented!
My wife and I are passionate about sharing our story with other parents who have a child who's received an autism diagnosis.
There is no cure for autism and we have setbacks but the early intervention made an incredible difference. A mutual friend put out a prayer request for a young soldier from Tampa who had been wounded in Afghanistan by an IED, lost both his legs and was at Walter Reed hospital beginning a long journey to recover from his injuries. Lucas decided that he needed to connect with Tyler and provide encouragement.
Lucas, by himself, went to his principal and asked to do a school wide project for Tyler, making cards and sending care packages.
We continued with the occupational therapy and at home added other therapies such as; cranial sacral therapy, Wilbarger Brushing, an integrated listening system, and lots of love and positive praise.
After 5 years of treatments, at age 9, he was deemed “All Goals Met”, and now at a glance, appears to be a typical child.