It's time for Logan to be reevaluated for the services he receives at school, they do this every 3 years. The different specialist and teachers who work with him will be conducting the tests and Logan's dad and I have to fill out questionnaires for them to gather our input too. On the questionnaires there are statements for example: Holds hands over ears to protect ears from sound, you are to check a column Always-Frequently-Occasionally-Seldom-Never. I remember 4 years ago when I filled out my first sensory profile most of my checks were in the Always and Frequently columns, my heart began to race with the realization that Logan would be on the Autism Spectrum. At that time I honestly didn't know what that diagnosis would mean and what I was feeling was total and pure fear...fear of the unknown.
Having your child diagnosed will do that to you, whether it's for a developmental delay or cancer. It will make you wake up and look your own fear in the face.
Now as I fill out the sensory profile instead of panic racing through my body I look at each column and I can see how far Logan has come. I feel proud of him and all of the hard work he's been doing. What was once a Always check has turned into a Seldom. It's progress. I don't believe children are cured of Autism, I know this is a very touchy subject to even bring up, but I don't believe it. I also don't believe that my son has anything to be cured of, the way I explain Autism to Logan and other kids is that his brain is wired differently. That's it. All the information still gets there, it just takes a different route.