Meet CafeMom's Featured Mom: RockinMama0608
CafeMom is excited to announce a way we're featuring many of our terrific moms. Selected moms will respond to our "Mom of the Day" interview questions, and their interviews will then be posted in the group that they spend the most time in.
1. How did you first find out your child was on the autism spectrum?
When Will was born, he had profound hearing loss that eventually turned into deafness by age 2. Because of his deafness, he was receiving Early Intervention services as a toddler. He was not picking up any sign language and was regressing steadily. One of his therapists recommended that I take him to a developmental pediatrician to check for delays. She did not mention Autism but I had considered the possibility.
Right after his third birthday, we received an "unofficial" diagnosis of autism. The doctor did not want to label him to early because he was also deaf. He planned on evaluating him more with an audiologist to get a more reliable diagnosis. However, the military decided to move us so we did not get any of those appointments. After waiting 17 months (with several unpleasant phone calls), we got him in an appointment at the child evaluation center in Louisville. He was officially diagnosed before his 5th birthday last April.
2. What has been the most challenging part of the journey? And the most rewarding?
The most challenging part of the journey is the fact that he is both deaf and autistic. As we all know, autistic children often struggle with communication. When you add hearing loss into the mix, it becomes even more complicated. Between his teachers and myself, we have worked hard teaching Will ASL and using picture cues. Within the past year, he has started using some signs and communicating via PECS. His progress has been AMAZING and I am very proud of him!
One of the most rewarding things is seeing him do something that has taken him longer to achieve. Seeing how happy his personal achievements make him is very rewarding! I am very proud of him :)
3. What group do you most frequently hang out in on CafeMom?
Autism: Support Across the Spectrum
4. What do you like most about CafeMom?
Getting the change to meet wonderful moms who understand the joys and struggles of raising a child with special needs. Receiving support from these women has helped me keep my sanity and learn new ways to improve my son's life. The journey can be overwhelming at times and CafeMom has given us the chance to interact with other moms who share similar experiences.
5. A mom's spare time is precious (if it exists at all!). How do you spend yours? (Aside from on CafeMom, of course.)
I enjoy spending time outdoors. My son loves to explore and play outside so it gives me the opportunity to read, relax, and have some "me" time. However, a lot of times I join in on the fun the kids are having!
One of my guilty pleasures is tanning (I know, so bad for you!). DH will watch the boys for me and I will go tanning.
6. What are your favorites:
Book: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Movie: Don't laugh, but the Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler
Song: Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse
Food: Boneless Buffalo Wings with Ranch Dressing.. yum!
Place to travel to: Anywhere really, I love traveling! However, I always love going home to North Carolina when I get the chance :)
7. Which celebrity mom would you most like to hang out with, and why?
Reese Witherspoon. I have always enjoyed watching her movies and doesn't seem to let fame get in the way of spending time with her kids.
8. If you could give a mom whose child is facing a possible autism diagnosis one bit of advice, what would it be?
To take a deep breath. The journey of facing a possible autism diagnosis can be long and overwhelming, but do not let it consume your life. Take time out for yourself and to always remember the love you have for your child(ren).
9. If you had to choose, what single word best sums you up?
10. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? And if you work, what's your job?
As a kid, I wanted to be a radiologist. I always wanted a career in health care and it varied from time to time. Right now I am a SAHM but going to college for health care administration and management.
11. If you could trade places with any one person for a day, who would it be?
I wouldn't want to trade places with anyone, even for just a day. I love my family and my life just the way it is. :)
Now answer her question for YOU:
This is always a tough one! But, I would like to know what summer activities do you enjoy the most?