It's been a while since I've updated Autism Mom Diaries. So much has happened since November, the biggest change, no doubt, being the coronavirus outbreak. Let me detail some of Ethan's developments since November, including how we've coped with the COVID-19 situation until the present time. #autismawareness
Since Ethan and his ABA therapist have had a lot of time to build rapport at home, we frequent Hickory, Wilson and South Park, which are all in the area, we've been to Torrance Beach a couple of times, and we recently visited the South Coast Botanic Garden.
PTN will always be the first place that Ethan developed a pre-school based routine and had a life away from mom and away from home. He learned to participate within a community, socialize with other kids, take turns, mimic actions and songs from circle time, sit nicely when asked to, among other things.
Today, Ethan's ABA therapist guided him to play "Mary Had A Little Lamb" on his little piano. After a few repetitions, he played a very close approximation of the tune!
I already had this feeling that I wanted to eventually become a professional in the field of serving special needs children. And ever since I started this blog and Ethan got diagnosed my interest in the field of pediatric therapy grew. I attended the info session to see if studying Occupational Therapy would indeed be for me.
Ethan’s made so much progress and did so much this summer! He waded at the beach shore for the first time, did his first eskimo kiss with Dad, met a lot of new friends, went to the splash pad for the first time and played chase for the first time! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!
That night, it snowed in Big Bear. It was the first time that I had seen snow in several years. It was Ethan's first experience of snow too! I went out and raised my arms up and ecstatically basked in the snow. Snow in May is definitely a divine experience.
Ethan loves loves loves his new water table. His clothes get all wet when he plays with it, and I have to give him a shower afterwards, but just seeing him giggle in glee makes my day.
We had so much fun at the Autism Speaks Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. It felt right to join in the advocacy for autism awareness and walk for Ethan.
I first started writing this post on March 9th, before we got Ethan’s official ASD diagnosis, and finished the post on April 17. It’s been a busy couple of months. We’re finally in the middle of the process of getting Ethan assessed to get authorization for his ABA therapy hours, and hope to start ABA in 2-4 weeks. We left for Cambria, California on Saturday, March 9th, meaning to have a much needed vacation. But as luck would strike, little Ethan started developing a cough! He was up every hour in all the three nights that we were there. It was exhausting for Steve and I, so most of the…