It has been a solid month sense Isaac has began ABA therapy amongst his other 3 therapies he was weekly. In total, he has 28 hours of therapy a week. It’s a lot for an adult much less a toddler. We are just beginning to see cracks in walls of understanding who Isaac is and it’s wonderful. One of the most powerful statements I have ever heard came from his speech therapist. “Once he realizes what comes out of his mouth has power, he can change the world.” This therapist had no idea how that statement rang true in my heart. I started to think on that statement a bit more, isn’t that all of us? What comes out of our mouth has incredible power, to build or destroy.
I can’t say that Isaac is without his challenges, he has an issue with biting at times and like any toddler is prone to tantrums. However, he has come such an incredibly long way in just a month, we can’t wait to see what his future holds. He is just beginning to sign independently and realizing he can communicate. He is actually more loving and wants hugs and attention. He is engaging with people around him more and is absorbing so much from what he learns daily. The differences are subtle, yet incredible in such a short amount of time.
So what does the future hold right now? More assessments. More testing. More therapies. Next month he turns 3 and will begin the process of entering the local school district. Little did we know Oakland is one of the best school districts for children with special needs. I keep thinking back on his little life and everything was orchestrated for such a time as this. God knew that Isaac was special from the very beginning. I was not supposed to be able to have children and then he came along. Six months after he was born, I felt that it was time to leave my job and stay home with him, then Luke came long. Now my full-time job is not only a mom and wife but advocate and warrior for my children.
“But he doesn’t look Autistic?”
“Are you worried your other son will be like him?”
“Why doesn’t he talk yet?”
“Is he being medicated?”
These are just a few statements I have received about my son and every time I have to smile so I don’t give in to punching someone in the face (it’s frowned upon). When I hear those statements I must look at what God says about him. He is a ‘bringer of joy’, his name means ‘one who laughs’ and if you have not heard my son laugh, it lights up your soul and it’s an infectious joy that sticks to you.
Isaiah 43:19 says this: Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
God is doing something new is my son, there will be people who do not perceive it, but that’s ok. God is making a way for Isaac and we will celebrate every step of the way.