Dear Carers Support,
I just wanted to write to you to say a huge thank you for all of your support over the last two years.
My husband and I contacted your services back in 2017 when we were going through a really difficult time in our lives. Our son Alfie was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. We were aware of the signs just after his first Birthday. Alfie lacked speech, struggled to interact with children, had funny little quirks such as lining objects up, sleep problems, diet, not making eye contact and become extremely distressed in a lot of social situations.
“We spoke to family and friends, read every book, article and Googled everything praying for an answer, craving for some kind of reassurance”
We experienced many meltdowns and at times as parents wouldn’t know how to manage them. Alfie was our first child and we just wanted to do everything possible to help him. We spoke to family and friends, read every book, article and Googled everything praying for an answer, craving for some kind of reassurance and normality to our lives! Friends would say “Don’t worry he will catch up” or “Boys are just a little bit more lazy” even though I desperately wanted to believe them I knew something wasn’t right.
I looked into speech delay one day and saw an article linked to Autism, I remember so clearly looking at this word and not wanting to tap on it, but I did, and everything from that day changed and somehow made sense. Autism was now our world! Speech therapy, multi- disciplinary reports, Portage, group therapy, psychology assessments, nursery meetings, DLA, EHCPS.
“We would cry, laugh, and burst with pride when he said a new word or completed that first shopping trip without a meltdown.”