|Nick, Cam, Ryan|
For the first couple of years of his life, Ryan was fearless. He knew no boundaries. It was scary. He met all his milestones early, such as walking when he was nine months. As he developed sensory issues, he lost communication skills. We went to doctors and specialists for several years. He was diagnosed with several ABCs, 123s, meaning PDD-NOS, ADD, OCD, and speech delay. Ultimately he was seven when he was diagnosed with autism. His brothers were diagnosed the same year with autism too.
Our world was rocked. We brought in lots of therapists to work with them. None of the boys liked strangers. Until Meredith. The boys took to her. Ryan was the fastest to respond because he liked her baby. Meredith and Baby brought Ryan out of his world. We loved her immediately. She also worked well with Nick and Cam, but most people had the hardest time establishing a rapport with Ryan. Unfortunately, Meredith moved, and Ryan had to adapt. That didn't work so well, but that relationship showed us that Ryan could connect with people outside the family. That was 12 years ago.
|Ryan showing Dad his photos|
I can't wait to see what this decade will bring Ryan!
Second photo credit: RMG Imaging Artists