The Faces of Autism: Meet Jacey
Meet Jacey, a cute, funny 7 year old girl diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. You make recognize her from last year, you can find that blog HERE.
Jacey was diagnosed with Autism at age 3 after previously being diagnosed with Persuasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). She had extreme behaviors, she seemed to act like no one was in the room with her. Her parents would try to get her attention and she would act like they weren't even talking. She didn't have any stranger danger and wasn't really talking.
Jacey has an amazing sense of humor. While sometimes her strong will can be frustrating, she has a very strong will which we think is a great strength. She is usually up for anything and loves to tell a joke. Jacey has needed to overcome speech difficulties, behavior difficulties, and understanding social situations better.
Over the past year Jacey has mastered riding the bike!! She is a lot more socially engaged, she has done a much better job behaviorally in school. Jacey is becoming much more aware of her own sensory needs and is getting better at advocating for herself. She has also become a reader this school year!
This is what her parents have to say about raising a child with Autism:
"Be patient, try to look for the triggers for behaviors. Even though it is a struggle, we continue to push her to expand her experiences and things that she is not always comfortable with. Sometimes it is a struggle for both her and us, we keep trying new things to keep her socially engaged and able to adapt to the world that is happening around her.
We are so thankful for all of the resources and wonderful people who are in our life that love and assist our little girl!"
Jacey wants other to know "Even though I may struggle with sharing my feelings and I sometimes play alone, I do want to have friends and be apart of the group."
If you suspect your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, there are great supports in the community. One of my favorites is BisMan Autism Families on Facebook, the people there can help guide you in the right direction, and throughout the process.