April 12, 2013

I Love Someone With AUTISM!!!

I love someone with Autism and he (Xavier) is my 6'4, 13 year old son. In honor of National Autism Awareness Month I want to introduce to you my handsome, talented and very funny young man. He is my firstborn child and I can remember the day he was born as if it was yesterday. He was born on November 14, 1999 weighing 9lbs 3oz and 2l inches long. I was in labor for 5 hours and it only took three pushes for him to come into this world.  Xavier was a big boy and I had him naturally (no meds)!!!! He was all mine and I couldn't wait to see him grow into who he was created to be.
My world came crumbling down when he was first diagnosed with Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder) when he was 4 years old. We noticed that he was not developing as he should so we had some concerns. Next came all the tests that he had to go through to determine what was going on with my baby boy. The day came when my family and I were seated around the table with professionals from the medical and teacher backgrounds to hear those words AUTISM. I didn't know much about it at the time but as they began to inform me of this condition, I remember tears began rolling down my face. Literally my body felt like it was crumbling into pieces and I couldn't hardly breathe. I didn't know what the future would be like for my son.
Well one thing I knew is that God was in control and I began to pray like never before. My son could barely speak at the age of 4 but his first word was MOMMA!!! Praise GOD!!! Those words were like music to my ears! We had specialists to come into our home every week to work with him on his speech and behavior.  We had to change school districts because we felt like the special education teachers there were not equipped to handle our child. He also began to pick up odd behaviors from the other children but that all changed when we moved to Katy ISD. Through prayer and the awesome specialized teachers at Katy my son's progress began to excel.
My son is in 7th grade now and in a mainstream classroom. Hallelujah!!!!! Wait a minute, I am not finished. Xavier is on the football, basketball and track team at his school. I give all the GLORY to GOD!!! The kids at that middle school have been so kind and loving towards my son. I thought that he was going to have issues being that some kids are cruel in middle school but that has not been the case. They look after my son and also invite him to their birthday parties. **In tears** God is so good and He is faithful!!! I couldn't have imagined back when he first was diagnosed that this was going to be his future but GOD!!!
Yes my son still has his moments but he has learned how to control them the best way he knows how and he still likes to stick to his schedule. You will find him playing his videos games after he is finished with his homework. Xavier loves to dance and anytime music comes on there my son is dancing to the beat. It frees my soul as I see him overcome obstacles in his life and never give up. He is my hero! He is a momma's boy and he knows that he has a mother that will advocate for him until the end.

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