Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Matthew's Fight: "...Because You Are Strong Enough To Live It"

Matthew's journey began at 18 months old, when we realized that he wasn't hitting certain milestones. We began Early Intervention and were so blessed to meet our wonderful Speech Language Pathologist Susan. After working with Matthew for a few months, and very little progress, Susan told us that she suspected Matthew had Apraxia.
Google became my worst nightmare. I spent so much time reading everything and anything that I could and it terrified me. My family and friends thought I was nuts. But, I ignored everyone as best as I could. We increased his therapies, changed our approach, began adding signs, and added DI which allowed us to meet another wonderful therapist named Sheri.
It's been almost 3 years now, and Matthew has been in our town's preschool disabled program for about a year and a half. We've had our ups and downs over the past few years, but I'm happy to say that there are many more ups than downs now. Matthew has made wonderful progress, beyond my wildest dreams! I've also had multiple people tell me that I did good and that they are glad that I listened to my instincts. That feels great after having felt so alone for such a long time.

The one piece of advice I would give to parents just starting out on this journey is to believe in yourself as a parent. You are your child's best advocate. Fight for them.
"You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it."