|Ocean Beach, California 5/2011|
It is sometimes scary to think about how different Jonah might be if he weren't autistic. It's hard to describe how unique and amazing his personality is (as said by every mother). He has a very special innocence that has been preserved. I believe that when the autism took over around the age of 2, his mental/psychological development was stunted, leaving him with an immature mode of expression. He is now maturing and expressing himself similarly to a 3-4 year old. His pronunciation is difficult to understand, but inappropriate behaviors and tantrums have diminished almost completely. He has always been very cuddly and affectionate, and is always giggling over something.
Jonah has made tremendous advancements over the last year, most significantly in the last 6 months which has been one of the major motivators for seeking out a homeopathic therapy for him. I drastically changed our diets at the end of last year, and noticed a significant improvement in his development and overall demeanor in a very short period of time. It was at this point that I came to the realization that something unnatural had occurred in my child's body, and if I could recognize such a dramatic change in him just by improving his nutritional intake, then restoring a natural balance in him might further relieve some of his autistic expressions.
With Jonah, there are times when the autistic expressions are very prominent, and times when he seems like a completely normal little boy. This is why he received the PDD-NOS diagnosis versus the ASD diagnosis. It has been a puzzle in our family, because there are times when he does not fit into any of the categories associated with ASD. During the first year after his diagnosis, I was hoping that this would be something he would just grow out of. It was so difficult to tell when he was at such a young age what could be deemed as a significant developmental delay. I second guessed the diagnosis for awhile, and researched various disorders, hoping one might have the answers we were looking for.
We have not started the CEASE Therapy yet, but I'm hoping to begin next month (August). I want to make sure that I am starting the therapy when it will be right for Jonah, so that it does not disrupt too much of his routine. In some ways perhaps it is better that I am taking the time to thoroughly investigate and prepare his medical history and my medical history, so we have as much information as possible when we start the therapy. I was talking to a friend today about it, and I had the same hope and realization that I confidently feel every time I talk about it: That within the next few years, Jonah will be a completely different child.