My bumblebee

Joanna - posted on 08/13/2017 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hello :-) my name is Joanna. My daughter Mia was diagnosed last year with autism. My husband and I often thought we saw signs of autism early but the doctor we were seeing for her told us she was fine. Last year her new doctor told us he could see signs. Eventually she was diagnosed level 3 because she only jabbers and babies and says a couple things here and there. They want us to try to teach her to communicate by age 5. She turned 4 yesterday. My heart broke... not because of the Diagnosis but because i looked at my baby girl and I wanted to help her anyway I can. My problem though as a person I am not so good at explaining or teaching things or training people like at work for example. I know I have to work on it and be strong for my baby. I just have no idea where to begin or How to show her things. I feel like a terrible mother. She's so smart and so beautiful. I've always called her my bumblebee. I decided to try to find a community to reach out to for any help.
Thank you :-)

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Mary Dorine - posted on 08/17/2017

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Hi Joanna, don't blame yourself, you are doing the best you can! You are trying to get help for your daughter and that is awesome! Ask Mia's pediatrician to give you referrals for speech therapy and occupational therapy and play therapy if possible. You can do so much just by being with your daughter, sitting with her, talking about what she is doing, and labeling things (eyes, ears, nose, etc). That was ne of the first simple things I learned, talk to your daughter even if she can't talk to you. If she is playing with a toy, talk about the color of the toy, what it is doing, "Look at the red ball, it's bouncing up and down" and talk about what she is doing "Mia is walking up the stairs" -label, talk about everything with her.
You're a great Mom! Trust me, I know how difficult it is! My son did not walk until age 2, he did not start to babble until 3, did not potty train until 5, but now he does all of that and so much more. It takes a lot or repetition, help from therapists, prayer, patience, and love but you can do this! :)

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