My Grandson's Hard Work Is Paying Off!

Canada
November 24, 2007 2:34am CST
My daughter in law came for a visit, earlier this week. She was sharing the amazing progress, that my four year old 'autistic grandson' has made. He has come such a long way, since his initial diagnosis roughly two years ago. Since that time, he's gone from being 'non-verbal' to 'partially verbal.' He works very hard in his therapy sessions, and is accomplishing new things on a regular basis. Because of his autism, he sleeps with a 'soother' every night, in order to comfort himself to sleep. He refers to it as a 'suckie.' Just recently, his soother was nowhere to be found at bedtime, so his mom went out to buy him a new one. The one she purchased happened to be orange. He's also learning his colours, and is doing very well with them. When he was handed the soother, he said something like, "Orange suckie, pankou mummy!" Now this is progress, and very touching to me, as well. Has one of your children, or another child in your life, worked very hard to accomplish something, that others take for granted? I'm not just referring to 'special needs kids' here, but my grandson just happens to be autistic. Please share your experiences here.
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9 responses
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
24 Nov 07
I am glad your grandson is doing great I am in the same position with my little boy 4 years autism all that. My son is doing great as well I can have almost normal conversation (and this is all achived in less than a year and with little outside help) he went from 80 words last december to god knows how many now too many to keep track. He is also learning colours his fav are green, red, blue and yellow. Seeng him the way he is doing now it gives us hope for the future.
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• Canada
24 Nov 07
I am so happy for you and your son! My son is also four and was diagnosed two years ago with severe autism and developmental delay...He is now counting to twenty knows all his colours and is working on shapes. He too has too many words for me to count and in the last year has come so far...We still can't hold a conversation but he is using sentences of around five words and we are very proud of him...He works so hard with all of his therapies and we are hopeful for his future! :) Our son has accomplished many things we thought we would never have the joy of witnessing such as telling us he loves us, cuddling and using words to ask for what he wants...He is our little miricle!:) It will be a life long work but it will be worth it! Take Care violeta Hugs ~Heavens~
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• Canada
25 Nov 07
Thanks. It's great that your son has achieved so much, in such a short space of time, and it's especially wonderful that you can converse so well with him. I believe there is hope for the future for all of these 'special kids.' Thanks for sharing.
• Australia
25 Nov 07
my son we are told has mild autism but the only problem is speach and concentration he is getting much better with concentration now that he goes to early intervention (every second week) and he is improving with speach I will be over the moon if he can talk as other kids his age. Yes it is a hard work but I am proud with every word he sais and everything he does something that I bet my life I would have not apreciated if he was "normal".
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@mansha (6301)
• India
25 Nov 07
I was working with special kids earlier, there was this girl who was now sixtyeen but at the age of two years he had been dianosed with brain degenraton disoorder. Her parents had deserted her and her gradmother not loosing heart had brought her finally to our institute. While working wioth her I realised she loved to put beads in to a string and she was attracted to flowers. I started her on making garlands with flowers and she seemed to enjoy it. She even made one for her grandmother for her prayer in the morning , her grandmother told me she actually cried after seeing her giving her the garland to put on the diety's idols , (a custom in India). It was worth it,I still have very fond memories of her, she was indeed a special child.
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• Canada
25 Nov 07
What a touching story mansha thanks so much for sharing it here! Our children truly are a great gift and bring us much joy every day! ~Heavens~
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• Canada
26 Nov 07
I'm so glad to hear that this girl's grandmother didn't give up on her. Working with special needs kids is a very special job, that takes special people. It's wonderful the way you helped her with the flower garlands. I'm sure you'll never forget her. Thanks for sharing.
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• United States
25 Nov 07
Come to think of it, I have another cousin even younger than my other one who is having the same problem. He's not in a special program yet, but it may not be long before he is. He's now learning to get into trouble in school with this deficiency. This is a real problem in my family. I hope your grandson continues to improve with his condition.
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• Canada
26 Nov 07
I'm sorry to hear of these problems in your family. I hope this younger cousin gets the help he needs. Thanks so much, regarding my grandson.
• United States
25 Nov 07
I'm glad that he seems to be making progress. My cousin was born very hyper active, in was getting in the way of her going to school even taking the medication. They had to put her in a special program, but she's come a long way so far I think.
• Canada
26 Nov 07
It's wonderful to see how far he's come. I'm happy to hear the good news about your cousin's progress. Thanks for your response, and welcome to myLot.
• Canada
24 Nov 07
I know what you mean Mom!! My son is also four and has Autism as many people know here... We are so proud of him!! He too was diagnosed very young and we have been able to put together a great team of people to help him! He works very hard and is showing great progress... Since his diagnosis of severe Autism he has gone from several tantrums a day and being very difficult to handle in every situation to being quite co-operative most of the time and now we can negotiate with him also "want this...Then do this" It works for almost everything and is most helpful when giving medications, brushing teeth, and bathing! He even takes vitamins now that he chews!! :) He has quite a large vocabulary and we are working on clarity. I am so proud of him at his young age...He loves to sing and hug and cuddle and we never thought we would ever have any of this!! He tells us with words that he loves us every day and it thrills us every time we hear it!! :) Thanks so much for sharing your victories... I too have a discussion about "Shouting from the roof tops" about my son... I believe it is important to share these victories as it brings awareness to others about Autism!! Have a great day Mom and I look forward to hearing of more victories of your grandson!! Blessings to you! ~Heavens~
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• Canada
25 Nov 07
Hi heavenschild, Thanks for sharing all of your son's accomplishments here. I know you're very proud of him, and rightly so. The programs that are in place today, and the many types of therapy, are such a huge benefit to autistic children. It's wonderful that they're there, for everyone to take advantage of (in our country for sure). I'm glad that you enjoyed reading about my grandson's progress here. I look forward to hearing more about your son's accomplishments, as well. Thanks again. God Bless. xxx
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26 Nov 07
That's really great to hear someonesmom. I haven't got much to report, as jakes just boarding speaking fully. (he has for awhile now) the past few days, it's been more and more though. Soon he'll start potty training and all that other stuff =) ~Joey
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• Canada
26 Nov 07
Hi Joey, It's so wonderful to see you here. What a nice surprise. You've helped to make my day.:) I'm very happy that my grandson's doing so well. It's great that Jake's talking, and I'm sure you'll have a special time with him this Christmas. All the best to you with the potty training. Thanks so much for your response.
26 Nov 07
Oh it's going to be great fun.. hehe I'm not really looking forward to it, except the fact he'll no longer need a nappy change! lol but it's a step in the right direction so I can't say anything. :)
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• Canada
27 Nov 07
In my experience, potty training my daughter (now a teen) when she was little, was an uphill climb. Don't worry though, you'll get through it. Not needing to purchase diapers/nappies anymore, is a definite bonus. I hope we see you here again, from now on, Joey.:)
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
27 Nov 07
Great to hear this progress. My youngest grandson (5) also is autistic. Until he was 4 he seldom associated or played with any other kids. I scared him once when he was like 2 and he was terrified of anyone with a black mustache and glasses. he'd scream seeing anyone that looked like me. He's been in special classes and is moving along well also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• Canada
27 Nov 07
Hi Grandpa Bob, Thanks so much for taking part here. I'm aware that your youngest grandson is also autistic, so thought you may want to see this. My grandson has come a very long way too, and it's so wonderful to see them keep progressing. It must've been sad for you to have accidentally scared him. These are things we don't often think of, when it comes to 'special kids.' There's so much to learn about autism. Thanks again!:)
@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
25 Nov 07
That is so awesome to hear that your grandson is making such incredible improvements. My two boys both have ADHD, but my oldest one has the most difficult time learning. He is very slow in that area. I work with him every night and his teacher is aware and has someone that comes in and works with him as well. I'm sure that your grandson will be doing more awesome things before you know it. God bless
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• Canada
25 Nov 07
Thanks. I'm glad that your son is getting so much help at school, as this will make a huge difference, in his life. It's wonderful that you put forth so much effort in working with him, as well. I'm sure 'all of our kids' will be doing more awesome things in the future. Thanks for your response, and God bless you too.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
24 Nov 07
Though I have no grandchildren or even children I at least want to say I'm glad your grandson is doing better.
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• Canada
25 Nov 07
Thank you very much, for your kind words, theprogamer. I really appreciate them.:)