Cameron, my 6 year old. My eldest baby boy, he is currently running up and down announcing with the greatest excitement, every little step he takes on his xbox game! He has been diagnosed with adhd and I am in the process of trying to get him reassessed for asperger syndrome. It’s a long process, especially when we don’t see the paediatrician half as often as we’re supposed to!
Cameron is a very bright young lad. He reached most of his milestones quite happily, up until about a year old. Cameron started showing signs that “something wasn’t right”…
He would fly off the handle, hit himself in the head, throw himself around with incredible force and completely meltdown at the slightest change in routine. By 18 months old, his favourite words were triangular, rectangular, rhinoceros and hippopotamus!
We trundled along through life, Cameron is high functioning, so we had very little problem potty training, although he was 3 when we managed it. He was fine getting rid of his bottle, and although we had to wait till he was 2 and a half, he understood when it was time to give his dummy up to the dummy fairy to give to the new babies.
When Cameron started nursery school I was well aware that he wasn’t neurotypical…however, the school that he was attending at the time felt it wasn’t worth talking to me about until the end of the school year. 3 days before the year was due to end I was handed a pink form, a questionnaire on how I felt the school had handled my child’s special needs. Needless to say I stormed into the office and demanded to speak to the head teacher as to why this had not been brought to my attention sooner. They believed it to be acceptable as I agreed that there were issues with camerons development. Cameron changed schools over the summer 😉
Cameron received a wealth of support in the foundation stage at his new school. He was assessed by the saint that is carol peters and she suggested asperger syndrome. When he started seeing the paediatrician and got diagnosed with adhd I found myself with yet more obstacles regarding his teaching. His year 2 teacher told me Cameron didn’t have special needs, he was just a naughty child and the battle still continues…
I’ve fought for this long and will continue to do so for him, autistic children need a voice and its our job as their parents/carers to provide it for them. Cameron, mummy is your voice and you can bet your bottom dollar I’m the loudest there is, I won’t stop fighting for you and I will not let you down, I love you my sunshine.