One of the most common questions I get from other parents of children with autism is how did Logan get where he is today? That is really a loaded question. There really isn't a short answer.
One thing I always say to them especially if their children are younger is to have faith and patience. They are witnessing years of therapy and biomedical treatments at work here. They get to see the finished product not the mess of a non verbal 5 year old boy that we had.
One day, it just seemed like all the pieces started to fit together. You could literally see all the connections being made in his brain. All our hard work and prayers just gelled in him. As the pieces started to fit, we were able to make more and higher connections. It has been nothing short of amazing to witness.
Am I glad that we stuck the course and did the hard work? You bet. Was it easy when we couldn't see the payoff? Absolutely not. It was incredibly frustrating and demoralizing. It's important that other parents hear that from me. It gives them hope to see what may occur if they stay the course. I say might occur because as we all know, every child with autism is different. What worked for my child may or may not work for another child even if you do the exact same thing. But will your child's quality of life be better ? Absolutely.
I tell these parents to sometimes it takes a while for therapy to work. Sometimes you have to get the right combo going for it to work. All of this is hit or miss. For Logan, this entailed constantly putting out the hot spots then working on the connections that were missed earlier.
I guess I went the long way to say that when you are in the trenches, you sometimes miss the progress. Or the progress is slow and you are frustrated. For us, it paid off in the long run to do the work early. We are reaping the benefits of that work now. Is it still hard work? Oh yeah. We spend many mornings and afternoons in therapy offices. We still have things to work on and goals to accomplish that relate to autism. Are we finished yet? No, but the finish line is in sight.