A common question I receive is “how was your son when you started this and how is he now?” I realize it would take someone quite a bit of time to start reading my posts from the beginning all the way to current to see this picture. So I have decided to show you a list of his original symptoms and cross out the ones we don’t have anymore.
We have to date completed 189 rounds for him.
toe walking all the time rocking on fours jumping all the time, hopping instead of walking constant movement, flapping, spinning stimming to loud noises banging on floors, walls etc kicking legs and things constantly to make noise fearful of loud noises fear of people, no one but his own family could talk to or look at him covering ears because of noise clinging to me with fear in normal situations, like visitors to the home would not wear clothing at all, only a diaper eventually wore some clothing but tore it all off while at home screaming with hair washing or combing(still dislikes hair washing but he tolerates it) no hair cuts, lots of screaming would not wear bandages, screamed in terror if you tried to put one on a cut refusing any medicine by mouth, would gag, scream and throw up refused paints, play dough or any messy play fussed excessively if his hands were dirty or sticky gagging if he touched certain things like playdough fear of the toilet toileting accidents receptive language delay, didn’t understand you not responding to his name super hyperactive lost eye contact, side ways glancing self-limiting diet, ate 3 foods, everything else made him gag constipation alternating with diarrhea rigid, melt down if there were any changes in plans, driving different routes, unexpected guests face blindness, didn’t see facial expressions of visual cues lack of humor and apathy, didn’t notice people crying etc. easily over stimulated in busy places no impulse control at all still mouthing objects at age 3(he likes gum and does like to chew his pens) no interest in playing with other kids.(this is so not him now!) no pretend play lining up toys by size and shape spinning wheels or round objects repeating words over and over again watching the same video over and over for days, weeks, months obsessed with heat runs, light switches, opening and closing doors etc poor fine motor, in ability to print, draw, color, use scissors, feed self trouble following verbal commands or finding objects in a room base on verbal command. If you send him to get something, he didn’t come back. echolalia(this one took a while but it’s gone) headbanging biting scratching hitting withdrawn and difficult to engage did not want to be held, hugged or touched
Looking back at this list…It makes me both sad and happy. Sad that this was where he was back then. Those days were very hard on all of us. So happy that all of these things are gone. This is nothing like my son today. People always ask me if it was worth it getting up at night and doing all these rounds? Yes, it truly was worth and is still worth it.