....AS A PRE-TEEN"!!!! That is what was announced to me yesterday morning. The date of Erin's birthday. Erin turned 12 years old yesterday. She is in the 6th grade and taking regular classes without the need for an aide. Erin's report card was 6 A's and 2 B's. Erin was born into this world SCREAMING. I gave birth to her in a Birthing Center. There were no medical interventions..meaning, no epidural, no pain medication, no immunization at birth...just me, Patrick and a wonderful midwife. Erin was 10 pounds at birth and just at 23 inches. I thought I had given birth to a toddler. She was always large and today, at the age of 12 years old, she is already 5' 9".... Erin screamed until she turned 3 years old. She was frustrated. Erin started walking at 8 months. She hated laying still. She would roll out of her bouncy chair when she was 2 months old. When Erin began to talk, she became the happiest toddler in the world. She never stopped smiling. Erin became joyful and that has remained the same. Erin did not speak until she turned 4 years old. She started talking and has not stopped. Erin had trouble reading in Kindergarten and was almost held back. She taught herself to read by the beginning of First Grade. Erin has always accomplished whatever she has set her mind to. When she wanted to ride her bike, without training wheels, she practiced on the grass until she could do it.
We do not know why Erin has come so far. She has had continuous Speech therapies. During her most vital years Erin participated in 20 hours a week of OT, Speech, Play and Recreational Therapies. We did this until she was about 9 years old. Then she met all of her goals. Erin is a Success Story without all of the drama. Erin still has some sensory issues...she is still Autistic. She is not cured or recovered. She remained gluten-filled and casein-full her whole 12 years, yet is surpassing her NT peers in academics. Socially, Erin is a butterfly whose wings are forever soaring.
I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Erin...the World is hers and thereis no holding her back. Happy Birthday Erin...keep reaching for those stars...they will be yours.